Cong, Left parties have ‘secret pact’ for Tripura polls: Modi

AGARTALA/SANTIR BAZAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress and Left parties of having a “secret understanding” for the February 18 Tripura Assembly polls.
“Congress and Left parties like in Kerala and West Bengal have a secret deal for the Tripura polls. To change the future of Tripura, reject the two parties and vote for BJP,” Modi said while addressing two election rallies.
“Both parties destroyed Tripura. Do not trust them. By putting up candidates in the elections, Congress is doing drama in Tripura though both the Congress and Left parties have ‘dosti’ (friendship) in Delhi,” he said.
“No big Congress leader came to Tripura for election campaign because they (Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) have a clandestine pact.”
Terming the Congress as “vote cutting party”, the Prime Minister said the Congress is “helping” CPM to win Sunday’s polls.
Modi asked the people to “uproot” the Left parties from Tripura and throw them to “some corner of the earth”.
The Prime Minister said the Rose valley chit fund organisation (a Kolkata-based company) had pilfered several thousand crore of rupees of 14 lakh Tripura people and accused the Left Front government of not having properly probed the scam.
“After assuming power (in Tripura), the BJP government will inquire into the robbing of huge sums of poor people’s money,” Modi told the gathering.
In his second phase of election campaigning in Left-ruled Tripura, Modi on Thursday addressed two election rallies with almost the same issues and topics. He came to Tripura from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar and addressed a mammoth rally at Santir Bazar in southern Tripura and gave a speech at another public gathering in Agartala before leaving for Delhi.
Earlier on February 8, the Prime Minister addressed two election rallies in northern Tripura and western Tripura. — IANS