Bongaigaon/Nalbari, April 17: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar today insisted on a change in the country saying there is a dire need to vote for candidates who can raise the voice of the poor in Parliament.
The veteran communist leader addressed poll rallies at Chamata (Nalbari), Patsala (Barpeta) and Manikpur (Bongaigaon) to campaign for Uddhab Barman — the CPM’s nominee for the Barpeta Lok Sabha seat.
Addressing people at Manikpur, Sarkar said because of the misrule of the Congress-led UPA government, 22 crore youths are unemployed, 43 per cent babies underweight and 55 per cent women anaemic in the country.
Around 3,000 people were present in the rally at Manikpur to listen to Sarkar.
Coming down heavily on the Congress and the BJP, Sarkar said the British divided India and the Congress has driven a wedge between “the rich and the poor” in the country. According to Sarkar, the BJP, which he called a “poisonous snake”, will divide “Hindus and Muslims” if it comes to power.
Sarkar blamed the Congress government for skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and said the corporate sector keeps Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in their pockets.
“The Congress and BJP are bound to run their governments in favour of corporate groups which will lead to ignoring welfare of common citizens of the country.”
Unveiling the dark sides of the Congress and the BJP, Sarkar sought support from voters in favour of Barman for a “better change” in the country.
Veteran CPM leader Hemen Das also spoke against policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the Congress-BPF coalition government in Assam.
The CPM has put up three candidates in the state — Kamraj Chetry for Tezpur Lok Sabha seat, Rejamond Ali Borbhuyan for the Silchar seat and former parliamentarian and the CPM’s Assam unit secretary Barman for the Barpeta seat.
The party will support CPI candidate Dhrupad Borgohain in Jorhat.
Voters of Barpeta constituency will exercise their right to franchise on April 24.
During an election meeting at Chamata in Nalbari today, Sarkar said the BJP is not an alternative to the Congress.
Barman said he is hopeful of winning the seat. “I have got a good response. Infighting within the Congress and other parties will come in handy for me,” Barman told this correspondent over phone.