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Manik Sarkar raises concerns over secularism and democracy


By TC News Desk

Agartala, 6th April 2024:   CPIM politburo member and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar cautioned against the potential repercussions of a BJP victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Speaking in support of the INDI alliance candidate and Pradesh Congress President Asish Kumar Saha, Sarkar expressed concerns that a third consecutive term for the BJP could lead to the erosion of fundamental rights for the common people.

In a fervent address at the election rally in Bankumari Bazar in the peripheries of Agartala city, Sarkar emphasized the constitutional guarantee of secularism, stating that citizenship is not contingent upon religious affiliation, and criticized the current government’s implementation of the Indian Citizenship Act. He accused the RSS-led BJP government of attempting to create divisions among the populace based on religion.

Highlighting the current state of affairs in Tripura, Sarkar alleged that the rule of law has been supplanted by ‘the rule of the jungle,’ with authorities failing to address crimes against women and pointing fingers at the BJP mandal instead. He described a grim picture of daily violence and lawlessness, urging the formation of a democratic, secular, and people-oriented alternative government.

In his critique, Sarkar also claimed that the BJP government is leveraging institutions like the ED, CBI, and Election Commission to maintain power and is undermining the constitutional definition of secularism. He warned of ongoing efforts to dismantle the established order and called for vigilance to protect democracy and secular values.

Sarkar’s rallying cry was clear: to resist fear and to strive for a government that truly represents the diverse fabric of the nation. His speech resonated with the attendees, who gathered in large numbers to hear the veteran politician speak.

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