BJP vows free phones, jobs to Tripura in 'Vision Document'

IPFT Cadres Attack CPI(M) Candidate and Activists in Tripura, 5 Hurt

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the BJP's "Vision Document" - the party's manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tripura.

Besides, the vision document also promises to bring a change in the lives of people of Tripura by generating employment opportunities. He said the voter base for the Left in the state has "shifted in large numbers" and claimed that the BJP would exert all its might in the polls.

"We can rather bring this charge against them (the BJP) because they were a non-entity in the state even two years ago and could secure barely 1 percent of the vote". He also said that Tripura has risen in revolt against the traditional parties like CPI (M) and Congress. The BJP has had very little influence so far in the Northeast region. We are the ones who have battled communists for years.

Jaitley said top priority would be given to "development politics" championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Yeh poora jhootha hain (These are all lies)", he said. "The BJP led government if set up in Tripura, state and centre will work in coordinated way to devolution of more fund and end up regional disparity, so the state could prosper", Jaitley attributed.

As the elections are approaching Tripura, Bhartiya Janata Party is all set to root out the ruling Communist Party government in the state.

Coming down heavily on the BJP over its manifesto released on Saturday, he said the party couldn't implement the 7th Pay Commission in BJP-ruled states, and was now "selling dreams" in Tripura. It promises better education by increasing English medium schools, Women's colleges in all 8 districts, computer training and Internet connectivity, online classes, adequate healthcare personnel in all eight districts, mental health services and a Universal Health Insurance Scheme like Mega Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS).

Reiterating his party's stand regarding development of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC), Jaitely said Prime Minister and Home Minister while meeting with IPFT leaders in New Delhi made it clear that a committee would be formed to look at the socio-economic, cultural, linguistic and educational issues but no way allow dividing Tripura.

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