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Tripura, is all set to witness what’s being called its biggest electoral battle of all time on February 18. The Left (CPI-M), which has been in power for 25 years comes face to face with the Right (BJP), which is pulling all the stops to colour this tiny state saffron. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed two rallies in the poll-bound state, in which he attacked the CPI-M led government for neglecting the poor. Modi claimed Congress, Left parties have 'secret pact' for Tripura polls.
The results for the Tripura Assembly elections will be announced on March 3.
Here's a quick look at what PM Modi said in Thursday's rally and how the other parties plan to deal with what is famously called - the 'Modi wave'.
1. Development stalled in Tripura under red flag - Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday alleged that development has been stalled in Tripura under the communists, just as the traffic stops at red signal, and the state will progress when the 'reds' are ousted from power
"You have to stop before a red traffic signal. Even if you are in a hurry, you cannot go ahead. Similarly, the red flags of the Left Front have stopped progress in Tripura. Time to change this and usher in good governance," he said, adding "the Left will be difficult to find in Tripura after the results are declared".
2. Democratic ideals and the Left cannot go together: Modi
Journalists are being killed in Tripura, political murders are occurring. The communist government is silent. On forming the government in Tripura, we will fully investigate political murders and punish the guilty.
3. Modi targets Manik Sarkar government
Poor people had to commit suicide because their hard earned money was looted by chit funds and some state ministers were accused of being involved. Those who are involved in the chit fund scam would not go unpunished.
4. Left sheds crocodile tears
Modi said the communist government sheds crocodile tears for labourers but did not grant them minimum wages.
He said if voted to power, his party would provide minimum wages to the labourers as per central rates, and pay salary to state employees according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
5. Congress, Left parties have 'secret pact' for Tripura polls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress and Left parties of having a "secret understanding" for the February 18 Tripura Assembly polls.
"Congress and Left parties like in Kerala and West Bengal have a secret deal for the Tripura polls. To change the future of Tripura, reject the two parties and vote for BJP".
6. BJP accuses CPI (M) of spreading rumours in Tripura
The BJP on Friday approached the Election Commission, alleging that the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura is spreading rumours that their workers would be able to assess who voted for them in the state elections.
In a memorandum it submitted to the EC here, the BJP stated that going by past several elections in the state, the CPI(M) had indulged in "mass-scale rigging" and has "subverted with impunity the electoral processes by spreading rumours, intimidating voters and unleashing violence."
According to the alleged rumours, if someone votes for the BJP, the sound from the EVM would be louder and also there would be cameras in every polling booth through which the Left party workers would be able to keep a watch on the polling process, it said.
7. Rahul to visit Tripura on Friday
As a part of his election campaign in Tripura, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally in Unakoti district on Friday.
Gandhi will address a public meeting at Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya Stadium ground, District Unakoti, in Tripura, a few hours before campaigning ends in the state.
8. Sarkar has been the chief minister of the state since 1998, his party the CPI-M has been in power in Tripura since 1993.
9. Our party shall not leave any stone unturned: Tripura CM on fighting BJP
On Modi twisting Manik Sarkar's name and talking about ‘Manik’ and ‘HIRA’
"Election is not a battle between two persons or two personalities. It is a battle of ideologies, politics, programme and its implementation. So he [Modi] is representing his class outlook, his political outlook and understanding and he is talking in favour of his own party, in favour of his own ideologies which he believes.
I am actually standing by the side of my ideological position or political understanding or class outlook and we have our own programme, a pro-people programme that we are taking to the people, who have their own experience. Experience is the best judge and teacher for any human being. We are leaving everything to the common people and they are reacting, their body language is very clear."
10. In Tripura's politics women certainly, matter
The Tripura Assembly has 60 members.
The 23 women are among 297 contenders in the fray for the February 18 Tripura polls. The previous assembly elections in 2013 saw 15 women contesting, of whom five won while seven forfeited their deposits. In the 2008 assembly polls, 31 women had contested, of whom three won while 22 forfeited their deposits.
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