Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha has appealed to the party leaders to avoid indiscipline and unruly behaviour and ensure that the state’s people willingly vote for the party in power.

Saha’s statement came in the backdrop of the BJP drawing massive criticism from the opposition parties due to the rising incidents of violence and intimidation in the state .

Addressing a felicitation programme at the state party headquarters, Saha said, “We have to understand that muscle power can never win the hearts of people. We can’t be a party of choice if we prevent people from casting their votes by threatening. If we continue to work round the year for people, these tactics become unnecessary. We have to make sure that people vote for us willingly and not under the influence of any fear.”

Terming the culture of political violence an integral part of political societies of Tripura and West Bengal, Saha said, “We stand out from the crowd of political parties. Our approach should be akin to the religious events where people participate enthusiastically. Apart from being a political party, BJP is spearheading a social movement as well.”

Saha also told the leaders that his real felicitation will be the when party leaders would continue to follow the party’s ideology.  

The Chief Minister also directed the party workers to intensify public outreach programmes across the state. “I strongly feel that the majority of the state’s people are unaware of the benefits they have received unknowingly due to the transparent system. They must understand the contribution of the government in their lives, which is possible only through regular outreach programmes. Does not matter wherever you are, speak to people and inform them about our efforts,” said Dr Saha. He also hailed former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We have very limited time to give the finishing touch, so I am appealing to all to contribute in building the party as the strongest political force in the state,” he added.   

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