BY TC News Desk
Agartala, June 09, 2023: BJP state president Rajib Bhattacharjee today emphasized the party’s commitment to the development of the state. He expressed his belief that, since independence, attempts have been made to deceive the people and hinder progress in the region. According to Bhattacharya, the BJP is the only party advocating for the people’s development, urging others to fight not for the sake of fighting but for the rights and welfare of the citizens.
While addressing at the youths’ rally organized by BJP’s Yuva Morcha and IPFT’s youth wing at Khumulwng this afternoon, Bhattacharya clarified that the concept of “Greater Tipraland” does not solely encompass Tipraland but extends beyond it. He highlighted the government’s efforts in providing land to 139,000 individuals and offering financial support to 132,340 hostel students. Additionally, the government has allocated Rs 4 crore to facilitate higher education through specialized coaching for 46,000 students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also contributed to the state’s educational infrastructure by establishing 17 stand-alone schools. Bhattacharya further mentioned the BJP’s efforts in promoting education in the Kakbarak language.
Regarding transportation, Bhattacharya stated that the government is striving to enhance public travel facilities with a financial grant of 1,300 crore rupees from the World Bank. However, he criticized the lack of initiatives to promote higher education in the state. On another note, Bhattacharya informed the audience that MP Rebati Tripura has raised the issue of increasing the number of seats in the Autonomous District Council (ADC) from 28 to 50, which has been forwarded to Delhi after cabinet approval.
During the meeting, Bhattacharya also took the opportunity to criticize the opposition parties, accusing them of prioritizing slogans over action. He attributed the BJP’s success in establishing the government for a second term to the party’s commitment to delivering results and fulfilling its promises.
Speaking at the rally, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Jishnu Dev Varma took a swipe at Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma-led Tipra Motha party, emphasizing that the BJP approaches elections as servants rather than kings or chiefs. “When seeking votes, I will present myself as a servant, following the principles we have learned in the BJP. Despite facing derogatory remarks from some tribal individuals, I remain unfazed, as they were misled by a certain group. The BJP has demonstrated its respect for Maharaja Bir Bikram by declaring a holiday, renaming the airport, and undertaking other initiatives. Today, our aspirational blocks witness more than 100 days of work under the Mandays program. However, those who claim to advocate for unity are attacking their own people, engaging in politics akin to the CPIM. They hinder progress and impede the work of others,” stated Jishnu.
Allegations have emerged today from MP Rebati Tripura, indirectly implicating the royal scion who leads the regional TIPRA Motha party, accusing him of providing large sums of money to several candidates. Rebati Tripura claims that significant amounts were given to various candidates by the party. Specifically, it is alleged that Shyamal Sarkar from Ramnagar was fielded in the Surma constituency for the assembly election and received Rs 53 lakh, while Marry Debbarma received Rs 8 lakh from TIPRA Motha’s chief Debbarman. MP Rebati Tripura expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of a satisfactory explanation from Pradyot Debbarman regarding these funds.
Additionally, Rebati Tripura claimed that the term “Greater Tipraland” was removed from TIPRA Motha’s manifesto during the assembly election. It is suggested that the party’s leaders have now shifted their focus to embracing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Development). As a result, there appears to be a shift in support toward the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now being seen as enlightened, while TIPRA Motha is depicted as facing power outages and descending into darkness.
Tension arose in Khumulung this morning as plans were made to prevent the Janjati Yuva Conference in the sacred land of indigenous people. Bhattacharya issued a stern warning, stating that those who disturb the sanctity of the land will not be pardoned. He urged unity against this act of terror and highlighted the steps taken by the BJP government for the people’s welfare. He called on those instigating fear to consider the government’s efforts and encouraged their participation in the path of development.
Meanwhile, today’s meeting in Khumulwng sparked political tension, leading to a confrontation between Matha supporters and workers from the BJP-IPFT alliance. Reports suggest that a party office was vandalized during the incident. To address the escalating situation, a significant police force and TSR were deployed in advance. Security personnel successfully brought the situation under control. The gathering took place in front of the portrait of the Maharaja at Dasarambari, with the leadership paying tribute to the revered figure before commencing the rally.
Ministers Shuklacharan Noatia, Bikash Debvarma, ADC’s MDC along with leaders of both parties were present at the rally.