Agartala, Sep 7: With the announcement of the candidates 2980 seats against the total seats of 3207 by ruling BJP in Tripura for ensuing by-election to three tire-Panchayets, opposition left front led by CPI(M) moved state election commission seeking restoration of congenial poll environment before proceeding further.
The CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar alleged that the perpetration and attacks on the opposition mainly on the leftists after BJP-IPFT combine came in power six months ago and the magnitude of violence is increasing day and day. Besides, creating hindrance for political activities of the opposition, ruling BJP and IPFT cadres have not been allowing left supporters to live peacefully in the villages and continue their livelihood. They adopted terror-tactics even in the urban areas, which became a serious law and order problem. The jobless situation in the villages and cities has crippled the economy and disrupted the functioning of market that made public life horrible, Dhar stated.
“The chief minister is portraying dreams of best Tripura and well off Tripura by next three years but the common people have lost all hopes and running from pillars to posts for survival. No job and works in unorganized sectors, no implementation of 7th central pay scale for employees and no hike minimum wages to Rs 340 and social pension to Rs 2000, which BJP promises to do immediately assuming power,” Dhar alleged.
He further alleged that all the elected bodies were defanged and elected representatives have been forced to resign from their posts. All illegal works have been carried out in the government offices including Chief Minister’s office – people have been getting engagement without any advertisement and interview and misusing public property for personal purposes that appeared to be a complete anarchy in the administration.
“People have voted them to power to do better then the left front government in last 25 years but now it seems in six months, BJP-IPFT government created worst ever situation in the state in all fronts due to undemocratic and unlawful approaches,” Dhar added. A delegation led by Dhar met State Election Commissioner G K Rao and submitted a memorandum demanding protection in the democratic activities of opposition parties for three-tier Panchayet by-elections. The leaders of opposition parties were attacked in different parts of the state and poll materials given to them by block authorities were snatched away by ruling supporters, he alleged.
At Bamutia BDO office, leaders belonging to opposition camp- CPI(M) and Congress- were forced to leave the all-party meeting due to threat by BJP cadres. This is for the first time in Tripura opposition leaders were attacked and beaten by BJP supporters in presence of police and administrative authorities during all party meeting for by-poll.
In all party meetings in different blocks of the state, Dhar said the BJP workers have been squatting in most of the offices of the returning Officers to prevent collection of nomination papers by any opposition political party except BJP and openly threatening not to contest Panchayet by-elections.
Denying the opposition’s allegations, by election in-charge of BJP and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that CPI(M) leaders are facing public discontent due to their 25 –yrs misrule and nepotism. The CPI(M) party and the government worked for their party cadres only and at the last stage the government had worked for the affluent section of their cadres and now whatever problems they have been facing are from their party only.
“The government is committed to ensure free and fair public life in the state and police and administration have been working neutrally against the criminals. In most of the cases, opposition cadres cannot return home because they looted the peoples fund by depriving poor people during left regime,” Nath stated.
He mentioned there is no single instance in the state in last six months where specific complaint was lodged and action was not taken. Police has been given free hand to act against the criminals without any political colour and administration was given instruction to work for safe guarding public interest especially poor and under privileged section.
“The CPI(M) always becomes mad without power and now the leaders are suffering from powerless syndrome. People of the state is realizing the fruit of change and it is impossible for any elected government to fulfill all the promises in six months because Manik Sarkar government step down from the power keeping liability of Rs 11,000 Cr to the new government,” Nath added. (UNI)