People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 15

April 19, 2009


Tripura All Set To Re Elect CPI(M) Candidates

Gautam Das

AS the state of Tripura is going to polls in the second phase of parliamentary election on April 23, 2009, peace and democracy loving people of this state are determined to return to office both the CPI(M) candidates once again with bigger margin of votes.

Although the Left Front started its open campaign in favour of both the CPI(M) candidates with a central rally at Agartala on April 5 last,where the CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member and state chief minister Manik Sarkar and other Left Front leaders spoke, in fact CPI(M) launched pre poll campaigns since February last by organising jathas and rallies all over the state on the basis of a nine-point charter of demands. In the month long campaign, more than one lakh fifty thousand people participated in jathas and the Party leaders while addressing the rallies explained the need to install a non Congress, non BJP government at the centre to bring about a socio economic change in the country. Several hundred family members belonging to Congress party and INPT openly declared their support to the CPI(M) during the campaign.

After the announcement of Lok Sabha poll schedule, the CPI(M) and the Left Front have drawn out an elaborate political organisational programme to reach every family of the state. The booth level committees have organised group meetings inviting 30 to 40 family members in each meeting and explaining to them the poll manifesto released by the Party. Groups comprising senior citizens and women also visited every house making an appeal to cast their vote in favour of the Party candidates, so that the Party and the Left Front can take the lead in installing a government of the third force at the centre. This extensive campaign programme got tremendous response everywhere.

From April 6,2009, the Left Front and the Party are organising rallies at sub divisional, zonal and local levels. Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar, Party state secretary Bijan Dhar, members of the state secretariat and state committee members of the CPI(M) and leaders of CPI, RSP and FB are addressing these rallies. The CPI(M) and the Left Front leaders are explaining to people about the national and other issues concerning the people and the country. They are also exposing the anti people role and activities of the Congress and the BJP. Thousands and thousands of people, majority of whom are women, are participating in the rallies. A good number of Congress workers and supporters have declared their support to the Left Front openly joining in the rallies already held.

The Congress party, getting more and more isolated from the people again forged an alliance with the INPT, frontal political wing of the secessionist extremists. The extremist groups in the state are getting reduced and immobilised due to constant political-ideological campaign of the CPI(M) and the Left Front and also due to regular operations conducted by the security forces. Though the number of extremists in the state is much less, the state government is not taking any chance and has made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful voting.

The constant struggles conducted by the CPI(M) and the Left Front on all important national, state and local issues concerning the common man, the tremendous development works implemented by the state Left Front government and other constitutional bodies in the state run by the Left Front will certainly make its positive impact in the Lok Sabha polls. The people of the state are very eager to make a valuable contribution to install an alternative government in New Delhi.