BY TC News Desk
Agartala, November 22: Manik Sarkar, a Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), urged party workers and leaders in Agartala to assume a pivotal role in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. This call to action follows the recently concluded 2023 Assembly election, which, according to Sarkar, has clarified the distinctions between ‘friend’ and ‘enemy’ in the political landscape.
Addressing a memorial meeting for the late CPIM leader Vasudeb Acharya on Wednesday, Sarkar underscored the importance of relying on grassroots efforts and the collective strength of the party to navigate the evolving political dynamics.
“The 2023 assembly elections have unveiled our friends and enemies. Now, it’s imperative to gear up for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections by adopting party programs in our respective areas,” Sarkar emphasized.
Recognizing the challenges ahead, Sarkar advised party members to brace themselves for opposition and criticism, stating, “If necessary, you will have to face attacks, criticism. But do not waver. The situation has changed.”
Reflecting on the 2018 elections, Sarkar highlighted that the BJP’s reported 39 percent vote share included forced votes due to interference by BJP workers, preventing voters from reaching polling stations. “If voters were not obstructed, BJP would have received only 30 percent votes,” Sarkar stated, emphasizing the need for fair and transparent elections.
Painting a grim picture of the current national scenario, Sarkar alleged misrule by the BJP, stating, “A complicated situation is ongoing. The RSS-controlled government is aligning with big capitalists and US imperialists, attempting to undermine the constitution and erode secularism.”
Calling for unity, Sarkar urged the people to stand against the BJP, declaring, “People must unite for the fight ahead. Tripura can play a significant role in the Lok Sabha elections.”
During the memorial meeting, other prominent leaders, including CPIM’s Manik Dey and former MP Shankar Prasad Dutta, paid their respects to the late Vasudev Acharya. They vowed to continue the fight in the coming days, echoing Sarkar’s call for mobilization in preparation for the 2024 elections.