Former chief minister Manik Sarkar interacting with a little girl at the residence of a Left leader in Ramnagar on Monday Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Following the recent attack on the house of youth wing leaders of the CPIM, a war of words has ensued between the ruling BJP and the Left party.

The leader of the opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar on Monday visited the house of the leaders who were attacked in Ramnagar area and took stock of the situation.

Speaking with the media, Sarkar said that it is the ideological, political, organisational and administrative failure of the ruling party reflecting through the attack over the opposition.

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“We have been saying if you (BJP) have assured something, then keep your promises. We are going between people to say our words. If they want to fight against us through fascism and terrorising, they would be unable to finish us. Nowhere in the world could the communist party be suppressed. If you want to fight us, then fight against our ideology with yours,” Sarkar said.

“They are attacking the youth leaders who are coming to the front against their (BJP’s) misrule. This is weakness and fear. They have realised that as the days pass, they are getting detached from people, that is why they are carrying out the attack,” Sarkar added.

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Speaking about the police, Sarkar said they have become puppets controlled by the political executive under the instructions of the political leaders.

“The police are facing the assault. They are the saviour of law, but sadly, they are failing to discharge their duties. In some days they might even hesitate to face their children at home,” Sarkar opined.

Sarkar was also accompanied by MLAs, including Bhanu Lal Saha, Sudhan Das while meeting the victim families.

Earlier on Sunday, CPIM state secretary Goutam Das said that the state committee on Saturday held a review meeting over the present law and order situation in the state and how the Tripura police failed in taking action against the miscreants backed by the ruling BJP.

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He also said that the house of the former deputy speaker and senior party leader Pabitra Kar was attacked in Khayerpur, and opposition MLAs were prevented from visiting the spot.

“The miscreants have attacked several houses of youth leaders, including the SFI state secretary Sandipan Deb, Bijoy Biswas, Gourab Talapatra and Joydeb Rout. They are trying to terrorize opposition leaders, workers and supporters in Kumarghat, Amarpur and Khowai,” Das added.

However, the BJP state spokesperson, Nabendu Bhattacharjee refuted claims made by Das. He said that the allegations raised by the CPIM state committee are misleading the people of Tripura.

Speaking to reporters, Bhattacharjee said, “After the defeat in the assembly election way back in 2018, CPIM leaders have been reiterating that the people of Tripura are facing a crisis of food and work, which is completely false and misleading the people.”

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Taking a dig at the CPIM, Bhattacharjee said that the mindset of people is changing. Many, especially youths, are becoming entrepreneurs and self-reliant after being motivated by the words of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hence, livelihoods are also being promoted through various state and central government programmes, he added.

“The situation had worsened due to COVID-19 pandemic not only in Tripura but across India. Despite this pandemic situation, the government led by CM Deb left no stone unturned to keep socio-economic scenario normal,” Bhattacharjee said.

He also said that during the erstwhile government, opposition parties demanded developing the state’s agriculture sector. However, nothing was initiated. Now, farmers in the state have understood the nature of Biplab Deb-led government, and are receiving all the benefits directly, he added.

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