From our correspondent
Itagar, Aug 10: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday attended the Bharatiya Jata Party’s ST Morcha Rally in Agartala.
Despite heavy downpour, a huge crowd gathered to listen to Khandu, who of late has been donning the mantle of BJP’s main campaigner in the region. Thousands of tribal youth and women clad in their traditiol attire took part in the rally and shouting slogans —“communist-free Tripura”, an official report informed here on Thursday.
With assembly elections fast approaching, the Jajati Morcha (ST Morcha) organised the rally on the occasion of World Indigenous Day. The day also marks the Quit India Movement in 1942.
Speaking on the occasion, Khandu said that BJP provides performing, transparent and accountable government to all. “It is for these principles and ideologies of the BJP that the party has domince in most States in the country,” he said.
Referring to Aruchal Pradesh, Khandu said that since BJP came to power, the first and foremost thing that the government had done was to bring in reforms through digital mission. All measures are being taken to strengthen governce by maintaining transparency, accountability and efficiency, he said.
Stating that government servants in Aruchal Pradesh have been given 7th Pay Commission awards and other perks, Khandu said it was surprising that Tripura government employees are still stuck to the 4th Pay Commission.
“BJP is a disciplined party which has started a crusade against corruption. Every BJP-ruled state is focusing more on good governce. Every CM has to give a report card of the developmental and welfare activities undertaken in their respective States to the prime minister and the tiol party president,” Khandu said.
The chief minister appealed to the people of Tripura to join hands with Prime Minister rendra Modi and BJP to make India free from corruption and ensure ‘acche din’ for common people.
Khandu claimed that reports on sufferings of the tribal community in Tripura have ashamed the rest of the region, as the Modi-led NDA government has been spending crores of rupees for development of backward classes and on employment of the youth.
He said that the previous Congress government had done nothing meaningful for the Northeast despite Manmohan Singh being the prime minister and elected representatives from the region.
Khandu was optimistic about the BJP coming to power in Tripura because of anti-tribal policies of the communist government, depriving many of proper healthcare facility, pure drinking water and sustaible sources of income.
“BJP can assure the overall governce and service in Tripura once it comes to power in the next election,” he said.
BJP Tripura state president Biplab Kumar Deb termed the rally as beginning of the movement for “communist-free Tripura”.
This was for the first time that a mainstream party has held such a huge rally for Tripura’s indigenous people, the report added.