Agartala, Oct. 17: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar today urged the media “as a whole” to play a positive role by exposing elements working against the interests of the state and the nation.
Accusing the Opposition Congress and INPT of hatching a conspiracy to disrupt free and fair polling in the upcoming Assembly elections with the help of NLFT militants, Sarkar said the people of the state would decide which party will rule the state.
“Where is the need for indulging in such dubious activities to falsify people’s choice and achieve power through the backdoor?” the chief minister asked.
“This has been happening since the run-up to the 1983 Assembly polls. In December 1983, just days before the Assembly polls, the convoy of our late chief minister, Dasharath Deb, had been ambushed and five police personnel were killed. Since then every state poll till 2003 had witnessed militant violence,” he alleged.
The chief minister reiterated the CPM’s allegation that the Congress had engineered “massive pre-election violence” through TNV militants in the 1980s. He said records of the now defunct outfit’s correspondence with then Union home minister Buta Singh had come to light within a few days of the Congress-TUJS coalition coming to power in the state “by default”.
He alleged that the Congress-INPT combine was attempting to re-enact the pre-election developments of 1988.
“Three nabbed former NLFT militants, including erstwhile commander Dhanu Koloi, have disclosed to police why and how they had been trying to send money to NLFT bosses in Bangladesh. He said the NLFT had asked for a huge amount of money for working in favour of the Congress-INPT combine in the upcoming Assembly polls. All this is on record,” Sarkar added.