Agartala: Former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Manik Sarkar lashed out at the ruling BJP-Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura government while reacting to a video where a youth was forced to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ in Tripura.
Sarkar was addressing a blood donation event in Agartala organised by the youth wing of the CPIM when he said that he had come across a video in which the supporters of BJP had forced a CPIM worker to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and do sit-ups.
“If Shree Ram was alive and saw this kind of behaviour among his followers, he would have thought of hanging himself as his name was being misused for inhumane activities,” Sarkar said.
“I have seen a video where a CPIM party worker in Kailashahar sub-division was going back to his house after distributing masks, sanitisers among people. The BJP workers stopped him, forced him to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ holding his ears and do sit-ups,” Sarkar said.
He also said that there was no reaction from the chief of the ruling party even after he was aware of such incidents.
Sarkar further said that the youth wings of the CPIM are doing their best to reach out to the people and the people should encourage them.
“The SFI and DYFI activists have come forward in organising blood donation programs across the state amidst this pandemic. Since the people are accepting the left-minded youths, the programs are coming under attack by a section of people,” Sarkar added.
Terming the attacks as ‘inhumane’, Sarkar further said that such attacks are a sign of the fear of the ruling party over the growing popularity of CPIM in the state. “The BJP is losing their ground and people have started separating themselves from the BJP party,” he added.
“Across the state, the BJP workers are preventing the CPIM workers from reaching out to the people to provide COVID-19 relief,” Sarkar alleged.
Refuting the allegation raised by the Tripura BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said that it was a ‘fictional story’ made by the opposition party to gain sympathy from people as their existence is in danger.
“They are doing all this to malign the name of the ruling party. They should have informed the police if such an incident had taken place. No supporter of our party was engaged in such activities”, Bhattacharya said.