Agartala: Newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP and Tripura BJP Pradesh President Dr Manik Saha, on Saturday, launched a scathing attack on the Left parties and claimed that the state’s industrial prospects were destroyed when the Left was in power.

“West Bengal and Tripura are examples of states that had lost all their potential in the industrial sector due to Left rule. Those who ruled 34 long years in West Bengal also remained in power here in Tripura. All the industries that were once set up and ran successfully in the state had to close down their units in face of protests, Dharnas and strikes—a culture promoted by the previous ruling party,” said Dr Saha.

Addressing a discussion session of unorganised sector workers organised by Vivekananda Vichar Mancha, he said, “The BJP’s philosophy is development for all. The web of our organisation is spread in all walks of society. Our Karyakartas are relentlessly working for the development of all as we believe in the motto of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.”

Comparing the rule BJP with the Left, he said, “I genuinely feel the workers of unorganised sectors have been freed from getting used for showing artificial crowds in rallies and procession under compulsion. For decades, the workers had to pay donations for party funds and subscribe to the party’s mouthpiece. We do have our publications but don’t force anyone to subscribe to our newspaper.”

Accusing the Left parties of being a franchise of anti-Indian forces, he said, “Their sole motive was to ensure that India fails to make progress in the field of industries endorsed by some foreign forces against India”.

Dr Saha also referred to his recent comment on Akhanda Bharat and Akhanda Tripura. “Some friends from the media asked me about what would be our future slogan, I said we want Akhand Tripura and Akhand Bharat. Some people felt offended and spoke to me over the phone. Our philosophy is crystal clear, we want development of all classes and sections of the society,” he added.

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