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Amit Shah's road show in Tripura, says BJP isn't afraid of violence

Pre-poll violence rocks Tripura 5 CPI-M workers 2 policemen hurt Amit Shah's road show in Tripura, says BJP isn't afraid of violence
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 16:53

Addressing a gathering, Shah said, "Next government in Tripura will be of the BJP".

At another rally in Chawmanu, Shah accused the Left government of practising politics of violence.

The BJP chief made several promises, including one degree College in each constituency of Tripura.

Raising the party's slogan, "Chalo Paltai" (Let's change the government), Shah sought the Left's ouster from the state.

Chowdhury said a group of CPI (M) activists attacked him with sticks and hurled a bomb when he was meeting party workers.

On Thursday, the CPM had also moved the Election Commission against BJP's alleged "corrupt practises" in Tripura, charging the saffron party of releasing a booklet on the Seventh Pay Commission scales with a photograph of Tripura governor Tathagat Roy in it.

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He further lashed out at the CPI (M) government, saying that it has been fueling violence, but the BJP will effectively fight against it. "The government of "Lal Bhai" and its cadres have looted Tripura for 25 years in the name of development..."

"Under Left rule, Tripura had gone backward". "Tripura stands last in development due to muscle power of CPIM", Shah added.

Besides Amit Shah, top BJP leaders, several Union ministers, including Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, party General Secretary Ram Madhav, Shahnawaz Hussain, West Bengal's Mukul Roy and Locket Chatterjee, Assam's minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been campaigning for the party.

The BJP is contesting for 51 out of the 60 Assembly seats, while its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is fighting in nine seats.

The ruling CPI-M has fielded 57 candidates, leaving one seat each to its Left Front partners - the Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

The northeastern state of Tripura is going to polls on February 18 while the counting of votes will be done on March 3.

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