Left Front eyes 7th innings, Congress assures 'liberation'

NAT

With campaigning for the February 14 Assembly polls at its peak in the tiny state, the ruling Left Front has promised "continued development" in the next five years, amid allegations by the Congress that Tripura has been reeling under "gross financial irregularities" and "rampant loot and plunder of public money" that it promises to undo if voted to power.

"Tripura has been advancing, braving all odds and conspiracies hatched against the Left Front government by reactionary forces, recording unprecedented achievements that have put the state amongst the top five in the country," said the Left Front's 32-page election manifesto. Asking people to re-elect the Left, it promised to create better connectivity, generate more jobs, and speed up the pace of development in the state. "Cast your votes to ensure uninterrupted development in the hilly terrains, plains and towns. The Left has created a legacy of fulfilling its poll promises and doing even beyond," said Front convener Khagen Das, asserting that the people would elect them for the seventh time in Tripura's history and fifth in a row.

Claiming that the Left had brought Tripura out of morass, the manifesto said that "there has been a steady, positive and qualitative development in the overall situation of the state" with innumerable works accomplished.

Countering the Left's claim the Congress said, "During the unbroken span of 20 years of Left Front government, the people witnessed gross financial irregularities and scams, and the law and order situation has virtually touched the nadir."

"In the national crime index scenario, Tripura tops the list. Rape, sexual harassment, physical torture, dowry deaths, kidnapping etc have become daily features. Children, irrespective of whether they belong to the Scheduled Tribe or ordinary non-ST class, are victims of barbaric crimes. Theft, burglary, dacoity, murder, terror, mafia-raj in transfer of land and homesteads, coercions and forcible extortions in the name of the ruling party are now regular news headlines," the Congress manifesto said.

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