Congress will oust Left from country, says Rahul

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 10:10 hrs

Agartala, Feb 12 (IANS) The Congress has no tacit alliance with any Left parties and our main task is to end the rule of Communists in any state in the country, party vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Tuesday.

"The Congress's mission is not only to oust the Left Front government in Tripura, but to diminish their activities in the entire country," Gandhi said, addressing an election campaign meet.

"We have succeeded to vote out Left parties in Kerala and West Bengal. We would certainly be successful in the Feb 14 Tripura polls," he added.

The Congress leader came here Monday and addressed four election rallies in different parts of Tripura. Responding to the state leaders' request, the Congress vice president in his unscheduled programme has addressed two more public meetings in Tripura.

Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, All India Women Congress chief Anita Verma also joined the campaign Tuesday and addressed separate election meetings.

Gandhi said: "After the installation of the Congress-led government in the Feb 14 polls, a government job will be provided to each family (in the state) which has no employee. Unemployed allowance would also be given."

"The central government's Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations would be implemented for the Tripura state employees and salaries would be provided to the Tripura State Rifles personnel at par with central forces' salaries," Gandhi said.

He alleged that all the funds allocated for various schemes and welfare of the people are being siphoned off by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres.

"Whatever funds are coming from the central government, be it MGNREGAS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) or it PMGSY (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) or any welfare scheme, these are going to CPI-M cadres and the middlemen, not to the people," the Congress leader said.

"Future of your children, future of Tripura at the hands of the Communist rule is completely gloomy," he told the masses and urged them to start removing Communists from India through the Tripura polls.

"The Congress government would be governed by the people, not by the party or organisation," he said in Hindi amidst huge applause by the crowd.

Gandhi said the communists always served their own interests and they did not care much for the common man. Their party cadres have built huge assets and concrete houses with the government funds, he added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi earlier cancelled their trips to the Left-ruled state for the election campaign.

The prime minister postponed his election campaign tour to Tripura and Nagaland due to some work related to parliament attack plotter Afzal Guru's execution in Delhi while Sonia Gandhi cancelled her trip due to illness.

Tripura will vote for a new 60-member assembly Feb 14. The results will be out Feb 28.

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