Tripura: Manik Sarkar ‘khalnayak’, says law minister, Sarkar promises ‘constructive cooperation’

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By Our Correspondent

AGARTALA: The ongoing state legislative assembly session saw a series of scathing attack on opposition CPM as ruling BJP MLAs trained guns at the left for 25 years of alleged political violence and subjugation.

In his vote of thanks to Governor Tathagata Roy's speech on the second day of ongoing state assembly session, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said that the left rulers reduced elections to mockery and people were looking for a dependable leader who came in the face of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

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Governor Roy delivered his customary speech two days back on the first day of the House's ongoing session.

Nath referred to weapons which were recovered from CPM and left trade union offices after election results were announced on March 03 and said that the arms were stashed to unleash reign of terror on opposition supporters. He claimed the ruling BJP has ensured peace and tranquility in Tripura despite landslide victory against Left Front.

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"There are a few scattered incidents which were perpetrated by supporters of CPIM who were purposefully planted in BJP and IPFT to malign the ruling parties", the law minister claimed.

The BJP-IPFT combine swept Tripura assembly polls, winning 44 out of 60 seats of the state.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Manik Sarkar today said opposition legislators would extend 'all round constructive cooperation' to the ruling alliance in running Tripura for inclusive development and welfare of the people.

In a calling attention notice on the Governor's speech, Sarkar thanked the gubernatorial head for his address on March 23 and said the speech had issues of Tripura's development and interests of people in it. "The governor's speech at the outset of a new assembly usually has key issues on which the government would lay focus on the next five years. There were issues relating to development of people in the speech", Sarkar said. He, however, said that opposition legislators would raise issues if assurances made by ruling BJP did not match with implementation data.

On the claim of post-poll peace, Sarkar flagged disagreement and said that there were incidents of attacks on CPM party offices and trade union offices in at least a hundred locations. "Our supporters were forced to flee their homes under attack, many of them are yet to return. Several were physically assaulted. I urge upon the Chief Minister to ensure return of peace and democracy in the state", Sarkar said.

The House today placed seven obituary references and six reports for discussion including report of CAG on state finances, finance accounts of the state govt, annual report of the state police accountability commission among others. Nominations were also invited for formation of statutory bodies including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The ongoing state assembly session would continue till Wednesday