Prime minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting ahead of Tripura assembly elections, in Agartala on February 13 | ANI Photo

Prime minister Narendra Modi on February 13 lashed out against the Left-Congress alliance in Tripura, calling it “unethical” and alleged that the opposition forces in the state have come together to “loot” development funds.

Addressing a poll rally, Modi appealed to the electors to ensure peaceful and heavy voting on February 16.

Indicating CPI-M, Congress, and TIPRA Motha respectively, the prime minister warned the people not to fall prey to the design of the “chanda and jhandawala company” who have shaken hands with the “looting company” and the “divisive gang” who wanted to restore their old practice of siphoning off the development funds.

He said the central budget has earmarked Rs 80 lakh crore for the housing of the poor under PMAY, which is the highest in the county after independence and alleged that the “gang” had their eyes on the fund to loot.

“Tripura has set a record in the country with the construction of over three lakh houses under PMAY in five years,” he said.

“When I became the prime minister in 2014, I requested the then Left Front government to take the advantage of PMAY scheme but they didn’t show any interest. As a result, before BJP-led government came to power, only a few thousand people were given houses despite my sincere effort. But after the double engine government was established in 2018, the figure rose to more than three lakhs,” PM Narendra Modi said.

Applauding the BJP-led government in Tripura, Modi accused that both the Left Front and the Congress wanted to enjoy power and reinstall their “cadre raj” in Tripura.

“The leftists considered the people of the state as their ‘golam’ (servant) and they pretended as ‘badshah’ (king). The development in the line of HIRA (highway, internet-way, roadways, and airway) model is illuminating every place in Tripura today,” Modi said.

Modi claimed the state now didn’t have a single family which did not enjoy the benefits of BJP’s double-engine government. The BJP governed for five years with the philosophy of king Radha Kishore Manikya and “gurudev” Rabindra Nath Tagore who always preferred the development of the poor and backward sections of society.

“In Left regime, no other party was allowed to erect their flags and festoons even during the election. But BJP has ensured a level playing field for every political party who are freely carrying on their political activities,” Modi claimed.

Terming the collation between CPI-M and Congress as ‘unethical’ and ‘adjustment of leaders’, the prime minister said: “The CPI-M cadres have killed a large number of Congress workers over 25 years when they were in power. The Congress supporters faced atrocities and torture by the CPI-M regularly, and their legitimate benefits were not given. But the Congress leaders, just to enjoy power, has joined hands with the Communists. The common supporters don’t accept it and hence, BJP’s return is certain with an absolute majority.”

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