From a correspondent
Agartala, Dec 10: Addressing a public meeting at Bishalghar in Tripura, BJP legislator of Assam’s Soi constituency Aminul Haq Laskar came down heavily against the ruling Left Front government in Tripura, alleging that the party is following a double standard with the minorities.
Laskar said the CPI (M) leaders are shedding tears for the minorities in other States but the governments led by the party are apathetic towards them.
He alleged that the Centre has given Rs 600 crore for the development of the minorities in Tripura during the last three years. “But where the money has been spent remains a mystery as the entire minority domited areas in the State are still backward.”
He said that not even 1 percent of Muslims are in government service in Tripura but in Gujrat their representation in the administration is over eight per cent. Still the CPI (M) leaders allege that the Muslims are deprived of all the developments and benefits in Gujrat, he said. Terming the growing closeness between the Congress and CPI (M) as ridiculous, he said it is a friendship of “cat and rat” and it will not last long.
Mr Haq’s visit to the State was a part of the BJP’s endeavor to enlarge its support base among the minorities, who constitute 7 per cent of the State’s total population, before the 2018 Assembly election.
He said the minorities across the country are frustrated with the commul and vote bank politics of the Congress and Communists and realized that only the BJP can protect their interest.
Sunil Deodhar, party provari of the State, cited that only three Muslims among the 450 Tripura Civil Service officers and only 1 among 350 Tripura Police service officers are appointed in the Tripura administration.