- Narayan Swamy put up a strong defence for Congress over clandestine links with CPIM
- BJP is trying to contest Tripura polls with money and muscle power
- Where is BJP there and the rest of the country when it comes to the left
Agartala: The Congress party released its poll manifesto on Monday for forthcoming assembly election in Tripura. Manifesto claimed ‘swarna jug’ or golden days that the ruling CPIM claim to have achieved in Tripura is a failure, an official source said.
Congress veteran and Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayan Swamy said that the Congress party would work for development, peace, employment, healthcare and unity of Tripura.
Narayan Swamy put up a strong defence for Congress over clandestine links with CPIM as alleged by BJP national president Amit Shah earlier today.
They had around 1 percent votes. We are the ones who have battled communists for years. In Kerala, we are still doing that. Where is BJP there and the rest of the country when it comes to the left, he asked.
He further said that BJP is trying to contest Tripura polls with ‘money and muscle power’, the veteran Congress leader said and claimed BJP’s ‘vision document’, which the party is projecting as its manifesto, was full of ‘falsehood’. “Yeh poora jhootha hain (These are all lies).
They were totally against any form of division of the small north-eastern state, the Congress leader said in an oblique reference to demands of ‘Tipraland’ floated by Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), a poll ally of the BJP in Tripura.
The Congress manifesto also termed BJP’s call for ‘acche din’ deceit and urged electors to vote for Congress for sustained development and greater opportunities in education and employment for the youths. Congress has long been the prime opposition party of Tripura till six MLAs led by former opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman deserted the party with his supporters to join Trinamul Congress in 2016.
He said Congress is promising to introduce 7th Pay Commission if the party is voted to power in Tripura. “BJP governments at Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Haryana didn’t implement 7th PC awards.
He attacked BJP for making tall promises including alleviating the Tripura ADC into an autonomous state council and ensuring direct funding from the centre.
The Congress manifesto also says that minimum wages of unorganized labour would be raised to Rs. 300 a day apart from policies for promoting young entrepreneurs, government job opportunities to overage candidates, it added.