Agartala: Terming the manifesto of the Opposition Congress-Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) alliance as a 'document of cheating', Tripura Chief Minister Sarkar on Monday said that the ruling Left Front was confident of returning to power in the state in the February 14 assembly election.

"We do not have an iota of doubt that people will elect the Left Front government for the seventh time with more votes and more seats," Sarkar said at a Meet the Press organized by the Agartala Press Club here.

"The slogan for formation of the seventh Left Front government is the slogan of jubilant people. We are getting more support from the people," he said.

He said that the UPA government at the Centre in its poll pledge in 2009 had assured of giving jobs to 3.5 crore unemployed, but after coming to power started reducing jobs and even started instructing the state governments to stop employment.

To a question, Sarkar said that the opposition Congress has given a call for change of guard which, he claimed, would boomerang and the people would change the UPA government at the Centre in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

He said, "India today is facing the strong challenge of terrorism. We want to combat it jointly with the central government. But in such a situation, the opposition Congress in Tripura has forged an alliance with INPT, which is the over ground mask of insurgents.

"With the deep support of the people we could crush the decades old insurgency. We have been awarded the President’s colours by the central government as a reward for containing insurgency," he said.

CPI(M), which is in power for last two decades in the state, is facing trouble this time as the Trinamool Congress is giving big challenge to it.
The Congress-INPT is also posing serious challenge to the CPI (M).

Several Congress leaders launched the massive election campaign in the North Eastern state. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will also address public rallies in the state to ensure the victory of the party candidates.


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