Following the death of veteran CPI-(M) MLA, Samir Deb Sarkar and defection of Congress MLA, Jiten Sarkar to CPI-(M), bypoll has been necessitated in Bypoll to Khowai and Barjala constituencies respectively. The polls are scheduled for November 19, this year. The results would be declared on November 22. State Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has landed in the battlefield to pull off victory for his party. While campaigning in both the constituencies, Sarkar came hard on opposition parties vis-à-vis Congress, BJP and Trinamool Congress.
He said, ‘This bypoll has no relation with the cadence of the Left Front. But still, we are attaching importance to this poll to assess the opinion of the voters. For the past 30 months, the BJP is running the country with such a policy which is detrimental for the poor. It is also running the country with a communal agenda. Such policies have created a fractious situation for our country. In such situations, we are speaking of an alternative policy.’
Attack on TMC
Training his guns on Trinamool Congress (TMC), he added, ‘The TMC is seeking an opportunity from the voters of Tripura to give them a chance for assuming power. But what right have they got to do so? They are running a Government in West Bengal with an autocratic hand. This party is also smeared in corruption. Please, don’t trust this party.’
‘If you vote for the TMC, you’ll suffer from their autocracy unleashed in Bengal. They assumed power by violent means. They have unleashed attacks on the opposition for annihilating democracy. Their leaders, MPs and ministers are mired in chit-fund scams.’ The Chief Minister continued.
Attacking the BJP led Central Government, Sarkar alleged, ‘The BJP has come to power by taking advantage of the erstwhile UPA Government’s failures. 30 months have passed since then. Prices of essential goods and commodities have soared.’
He also took a dig at the BJP Government at the Centre for the withdrawal of 500 and 1000 rupee note. He termed it as a ‘political gimmick’ which has resulted in the plight of the common man.
Shilajit Kar Bhowmik