Agartala, Sept 2 : The CPI (M) Politburo member and former Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar urged the people to launch a movement against the poor performance and undemocratic decisions of BJP-IPFT government in the state during the last one and a half years.
Addressing mass convention here last evening of the party’s scheduled caste wing Sarkar said in one hand BJP has been cheating the people by non-implementing the commitment they made before election in their manifesto, on the other, the government is threatening to implement Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to snatch away the democratic rights to protest and movement.
“The experience of the last 18 months of BJP led government is not at all satisfactory rather unexpected from a democratic government. The development of the state came to a halt; there is no employment, no boost to the economy; only violence and vendetta politics are dominating the state, which the people of Tripura never come across,” Sarkar stated.
He, however, asked his party cadres and the people who had voted BJP in the last assembly believing their lucrative promises to join hands and launched a democratic movement against the government to restore normalcy in the state and compel them to carry forward their promises.
“After the last assembly elections, the ruling party did not allow any election to hold properly. The opposition parties were not allowed to field their candidates, not to hold political programs and the common supporters were subjected to physical assault and financial blockade, which made the public life terrible,” Sarkar alleged.
He said that the basic services like health care, road development, transport service, general law and order have collapsed in the state. The poor people have been facing a challenge for their survival, as rural livelihood program and social welfare schemes were almost defanged. The people have been facing atrocities whoever opposing and criticizing the government actions and in this situation mass movement is the only option to bring the government in the right track, Sarkar added.
He appealed the government to withdraw the ESMA bill from the assembly to protect the democratic rights of working classes and employees of the state. He maintained that at present government in both state and central have been working against labour classes and for the interest of corporate.
He said that the Central government has taken steps to amend the Labour Act for the interest of corporate and they have already taken steps for the privatization of 46 profit-making organizations of the country. However, the peoples’ voice was not subjugated by the ruling party, which was established in the recent strike launched by the employees and workers of 41 ordnance factories.(UNI)