Anti-incumbency factor to bring Congress in Tripura: Congress

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Agartala, Feb 13 (UNI) The Congress claimed that the anti-incumbency factor was rising with every passing day and with a ''detoxicated electoral'' roll, the party was set to storm to power in the next assembly elections in Tripura.

The Congress also criticised Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for his failure to contain corruption.

Talking to media here today, Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath accused the CPM government of not implementing the Lokayukta Bill in the state to safeguard the corrupt politicians in the party.

He stated that whatever development was noticed in Tripura had been the contribution of the central government and in the 15 years rule of Left Front government, poverty had increased. In 1993, Tripura had 13.7 lakh people living below poverty line which increased to 22.8 lakh in 2007, Mr Nath said.

Criticising the Left's campaign regarding the ban on employment imposed by Centre he said Prime Minister's letter on February 7, 2007 had made it clear that there was no ban on employment in Tripura and Kashmir and added that Left Front leaders were giving out a wrong message to the people.

Mr Nath has also pointed out that according to the report of National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB)-2007, Tripura's position in law and order table was sixth, while in the matter of crimes against women, the state topped the list in 2006. And most unfortunately, the guilty were not punished because the conviction rate here was only 17 per cent as against the national average of 42 per cent.

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