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Agartala: The CPM Central Committee has cleared the nod to go for alliance with democratic and secular parties in the upcoming elections to Tripura assembly slated for February next year to unseat BJP led government, said CPM State Secretary Jitendra Choudhury here on Friday.

The CPI (M) politburo also gave the green signal to forge understanding and work with secular and democratic forces at the state level, he said and added, “We should first reach a consensus over the need for restoration of democracy, rule of law, and the constitution the entire opposition should come to a single platform on these issues and then there can be talks over seat sharing; we are for the unity of secular democratic forces.

Without specifying the party, Choudhury said CPM is ready to fight together with the secular democratic forces based on a common minimum programme, and discussion in this line has been progressing. Defeat the communal party like BJP, which has cheated the people of Tripura in the last five years should be ousted from power to save the state, he stated.

“India has been suffering from chronic disabilities on all fronts under Modi’s rule for eight years. Everywhere the government indulges manipulation, autocracy, continuous attack on democratic institutions, corruption, and persuading corporate-driven policies makes the country poorer,” Choudhury observed.

He pointed out that in the 2004 general elections, BJP was ousted from the country by a joint effort of secular democratic parties of the country where the left front had a stake.

India achieved MGNREGA, RTI Act, Right to Education Act, Forest Right Act, Lokpal Act, and enormous pro-people governance by which India was shining across the globe.

However, after 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led government came to power, India saw a reverse move like an abrupt decision of demonetization, passing the GST bill, construction of the Ram Mandir, and several anti-constitutional communal decisions that affected the inherent secular and democratic spirit of India, he stated.

“The departure of BJP will start from Tripura assembly and finally Modi will finish in the 2024 general elections and all the democratic secular parties have started the discussion to end the disastrous regime of BJP. We are open to all to fight against BJP in Tripura and to establish a pro-people government,” Chowdhury mentioned.

Criticizing the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled on Sunday, Chowdhury said it is actually a government programme but the way the BJP party has arrogated to itself the task of capitalizing on it is ‘highly reprehensible’, and added, “The BJP leadership has called upon beneficiaries of PMAY to light lamps on that evening to honour PM and their gains; the beneficiaries are being coerced to attend the prime minister’s meeting because they know that otherwise, people will not come PM’s programme.”

He also condemned the way DMs, SDMs, and BDOs are being forced to ensure the attendance of beneficiaries in the meeting. “What can be more undemocratic and shameful,” he asked.

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