| DYFI members at the rally in Agartala on Tuesday. (PTI) |
Agartala, Nov. 28: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar today called the people of the state to ensure the formation of the 7th Left Front government through the upcoming Assembly elections in February next year.
Addressing a mammoth rally organised by the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the chief minister said the youths of the state must come forward to help constitute the 7th Left Front government.
This could happen by organising the people and persuading the sections still planning to support the Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT).
“According to the population ratio, youths currently constitute 50 per cent of the population of the country and you have a great role to play in ensuring the development of India. You have to wake up to the problems this country is facing and help resolve them,” Sarkar said.
He took the occasion to accuse the UPA-II and state’s Congress-INPT combine of anti-youth activities.
“In different departments of the Centre, including the security forces, recruitment has been lying in a limbo even though there are more than 44 lakh posts vacant. Had the Centre not imposed a ban on the recruitment, the youths would have found avenues of earning. To worsen matters, there is no plan or scheme of the Union government to resolve the problems of the youth, as even nationalised banks do not sanction loans to the young and new entrepreneurs,” Sarkar said.
He said despite central guidelines, Tripura’s Left Front government had provided jobs for more than 18,000 youths over the past few years.
Describing the UPA-II-led Union government as the most corrupt in the history of the country, Sarkar said cumulative loss to the exchequer during the past eight years would be to the tune of more than Rs 5 lakh crore.
“They are looting public money, implementing policies detrimental to the interests of the common people and destroying this country. The youth must protest against this and I congratulate the DYFI leadership for announcing their programme ‘Occupy Parliament Street’ on March 23 next year. The UPA-II government is an enemy of the youth force of this country and you must protest to save the country as well as yourselves by taking to the streets,” Sarkar said.
He also accused the Opposition Congress-INPT combine for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to capture power through the backdoor with the help of the banned militant outfit, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).
“The leaders of Congress and INPT are in touch with the militants based in Bangladesh for helping them to falsify the election. Arrested NLFT commander Dhanu Koloi has confessed to the police in the course of interrogation, how indigenous Congress leader Debabrata Koloi had helped him to extort Rs 25 lakh for handing over to the NLFT bosses in Bangladesh. No more proof is required,” Sarkar said.
He also said the people of the state were ready to defeat any conspiracy by the Congress-INPT combine and the Left Front would return to power.
“The year 2012 is not 1988, when Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity had captured power through the backdoor with the help of erstwhile Tripura National Volunteers rebels. Now things are different and they cannot repeat what they did in 1988,” Sarkar said, urging upon the youths to remain on alert against any conspiracy.
Abhay Mookherjee, all India president of DYFI, also addressed the gathering, along with SFI’s state president Tapas Dutta and secretary Amal Chakraborty.