Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Left Front government in Tripura of subjecting people to 'slavery', and asked the voters to 'throw it away'.
Addressing two rallies in Tripura, Modi coined a new acronym 'HIRA' — H for highways, I for Internet way, R for roadways and A for airways —, hardselling the BJP as a tool for ushering in prosperity and development in the state which the Left has ruled for 25 years without a break.
Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his party, Modi said the people in Tripura feel intimidated by the communists.
'For something as basic as a ration card, people here have to approach the party office. Even when somebody gets murdered, police does not register a case unless they get the approval from the CPI(M),' he told an election rally at Sonamura in Sipahijala district, 50 km south-west of capital Agartala.
The communists here force common people to depend on them for everything, he said, adding 'this is the new face of slavery'. He claimed Tripura has hardly witnessed any development under the Left regime.
The prime minister said people wear 'manik' (gemstone) for changing their fate, but this Manik (Sarkar) failed to bring prosperity to people.
'Throw away manik (Sarkar government) and go for 'hira' for prosperity and development in the state in the upcoming election,' he urged the gathering.
He also promised 7th Pay Commission benefits to government employees if the BJP was voted to power.
The tea grown in Tripura is very famous, PM said, and added that three more 'T's have to be adopted in the state for prosperity and development.
'T for trade, T for tourism and T for training, especially for the youth, are the need of the hour,' he said.
Referring to the Rose Valley chit fund scam, Modi said people were 'looted' in the state and some of them even committed suicide, but the government did nothing to address their woes.
'If we come to power, we would give exemplary punishment to those responsible for the scam,' he said.
Later, addressing a rally at Kailashahar in Unakoti district, Modi said 'Democratic atmosphere in Tripura has been vitiated with the communists at the helm of affairs.'
'The last king of the princely state of Tripura, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur had nurtured a dream of developing the state on all fronts. If BJP comes to power, his dream would come true,' Modi said.
Tripura goes to poll to elect a 60-member Assembly on February 18 and results would be declared on March 3.