Agartala: The Opposition CPIM approached the State Election Commission (SEC) over the alleged model code of conduct violation by the government by scheduling an upcoming rally at the Swami Vivekananda Maidan.

Reacting to the allegation raised by the opposition CPIM, BJP spokesperson termed the CPIM party as the ‘Complaint Party of India.’

The Code of Conduct has been implemented in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) ahead of the elections.

CPIM state secretary Gautam Das in his letter to the state election commissioner ML Dey said that a memorandum was issued directing and assigning duties for placement of vehicles for carrying people to attend the Agartala event.

“The memorandum directed that the total cost of to and fro journey of all the participants will be borne by the government”, the letter informed.

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He also said that the ministers would publicise the government’s achievements, including that in the TTAADC areas, at the government exchequer’s cost.

“There would have been no objection to such a programme if there was no enforcement of the model code of conduct in TTAADC areas since March 2 by the State Election Commission. If you look closely at the list of places for the vehicle placement, you find that out of 61 such places, about half fall in the TTAADC areas, where MCC has been enforced”, the letter informed.

Das claimed that the memorandum itself is in gross violation of the MCC by an officer who is designated by the state election commission as the district election officer for the upcoming TTAADC election.

The Tripura government has organised a rally at Swami Vivekananda Maidan on Tuesday in Agartala to mark the third anniversary of the BJP-IPFT coalition government formation. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the rally through a video conference. He is likely to inaugurate several projects including Maitri Bridge in Sabroom.

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CPM Tripura state secretary Gautam Das alleged that the rally would influence the ADC voters and complained to the state election commissioner against the Tripura government for violating the code of conduct by organising the rally.

The ruling party has sharply criticised the CPM in this regard. BJP spokesperson Subrata Chakraborty said the CPM only knows how to complain.

“No allegations were ever accepted when the CPIM was in power. Now, that situation has changed. The Election Commission will take necessary action on their complaints”, Chakraborty said.

Meanwhile, BJP state general secretary Tinku Roy said the March 9 function would be held at the Swami Vivekananda Maidan.

“We have received the invitation. Other political parties have also been invited. Those who wish will take part in the rally. No one can be forcibly brought to the rally”, Roy said.

Meanwhile, the state BJP has started various party programs starting March 8 to mark the third anniversary of the government formation. 

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Maitri Bridge at Sabroom, and lay the foundation stone for the integrated check post (ICP) and the construction of a new national road through video conference, Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

According to a press release, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Maitri Bridge between India and Bangladesh on March 9 at noon through video conferencing. The PM will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for several projects in Tripura during the event.

The construction of Maitri Setu was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd at a project cost of Rs 133 crore. The 1.9-km long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.

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