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Manik Sarkar unwilling to comment on state budget; Alleges failure of BJP-led Govt towards development

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BY TC News Desk

Agartala, July 08, 2023: Despite unwilling to comment on the proposed state budget for 2023-24 fiscal year, former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday attacked the present BJP-led government for its failure towards development in every sector and welfare of state’s people.

Being asked about the budget on the sidelines of a programme at Chhatra-Yuva Bhavan here on Saturday, Sarkar said “I could not go through each and every point of the state’s budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 as of now. Without going through the entire budget, it would not be wise to comment. However, I had told my friends to share a set of the Budget copy, read it and then would be capable of commenting. It will not be right to say something in advance by reading the dailies.”

Criticizing the budget, former CM said “However, I have no doubt that this government will not be able to do a very good budget. The government is drowning in debt, salaries and allowances are not being paid properly, starvation is going on, there is no professor in the college, there is no master in the school, the drinking water tap is not running, the irrigation tap is not running, the electricity is in bad condition, it is clear from this, the hospitals are not running well. From this the false face of the government is clear. But specifically in this budget, I will tell you what steps have been taken to overcome these problems.”

“Although, I am not willing to give any reaction on the budget issue, but the legislators have the right to raise their voice and if those MLAs are making any statement based on any legitimate issue then it is the responsibility of the Speaker to give them opportunities. If the Speaker fail to fulfil his responsibility then the resentment among elected representatives will continue to surge. But this should not happen”, he added.

“The MLAs are representatives of common people and they will always raise the problems of common people. So on the basis of this exchange between both parties, a healthy assembly should be facilitated. I don’t want to say anything about what happened yesterday”, Sarkar told reporters.

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