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Thursday , January 9 , 2014
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India wants change: Sarkar

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar arrives at the meeting in Tezpur on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Tezpur, Jan. 8: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar today said the people of India wanted a political change and that regional parties would play a major role during the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a public rally here this afternoon, at the Collegiate ground in protest against price rise and corruption, the four-time chief minister said no political party had secured absolute majority in the last 15 years and that alliance was possible even after an election.

Attacking the Congress and the BJP, Sarkar said even if the BJP came to power, the economic and political situation of the country would not change.

Stressing the need to strengthen secular democratic forces, Sarkar cited the development that took place in Tripura in the field of education, health, agriculture and power in contrast to Assam.

The meeting was presided over by CPM district committee president Gajen Borah and attended by Assam state party secretary Udhab Barman.

CPM district secretary Rabin Tamuli said even after 64 years of Independence, tea workers in Assam were working on a daily wage of Rs 89.

The anomalies reported by the CAG must be looked into and the guilty punished according to law, he added.

Sarkar had earlier paid tributes to two cultural icons of Assam Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha.