Agartala: All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asserts that the last Marxist bastion of the country, Tripura would also fall in the next assembly elections slated for 2013. Except that to occur, Rahul asked the perennially factional ridden party leadership in the state to stand united.
Rahul was delivering a brief speech at Kailasahar in North Tripura district, which is pegged as the launch of Congress poll campaign in this north eastern state.
The AICC secretary along with the party observer for Tripura Luizinho Faleiro , Rajeev Satav, and Meenakhshi Natarrajan flew down from Nagaland on Thursday morning and after that went straight to Kailasahar to attend the rally at RK College field. Senior leader Ved Prakash was already camping in Kailasahar.
Rahul said that Tripura was now all set to get rid of the Left Front from the state and blamed the Marxist government for not properly utilizing the central funds meant for all-round development.
He dwelt on the central schemes for social sectors that, according to him, were not being utilized by the Left Front government. “My father used to say the funds earmarked for rural people did not reach the target population. The same practice is still going on here. The worst victim of the government apathy here are the tribal people of the state,” he said.
On corruption Rahul said that “We are against corruption and we are committed to root it out.” And followed by to press his point he referred to the RTI Act, one of the most powerful tools for the purpose-that was endorsed during the Congress government.
Rahul was markedly in hurry, apparently due to his mother’s illness. No sooner his speech ruined than Rahul and his staff flew for Udaipur in South Tripura where he would attend another rally. Massive security arrangements were made in and around the town for Rahul’s visit.