Kailashahar (Tripura): Targetting the Left Front government in Tripura, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said it was not working for the development of the poor and the working class and should be ousted in the 2013 Assembly elections.
   
"The manifesto of the Communist Party speaks of development and uplift of the poor and working class people, but the Communist government in Tripura is not working in this direction," Gandhi told a public meeting here.
   
"This government must be ousted in the next Assembly elections in 2013. We will present a new government which will work for development and usher progress in the state," he said.
   
Alleging that a large chunk of central funds were "pocketed" by the "Communists and corrupt bureaucrats", Gandhi said, "It is unfortunate if the funds in flagship programmes by the Centre do not reach the people."
   
Quoting his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi that not even 15 percent of government money was being spent in the country, he said it was a "reality even now".
   
Citing statistics, he said, "The Central government under flagship programmes provided funds for development of the people of the state. But only 15 percent of Central funds are being spent and rest are siphoned off by some quarters."

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