Opposition urges to take steps to stop violence

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Agartala, Mar 19 (UNI) The Opposition Legislators today urged Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to take steps to stop the alleged post-poll violence against the anti-Left supporters, while opposing the Governor's speech on development issues.

Participating in the Motion of Thanks on Governor D N Sahaya's speech, Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath expressed concern over the post-poll violence in the state and alleged that a section of CPM cadres had also imposed ''economic ban'' on Congress and INPT workers for supporting Opposition candidates during the polls.

''If workers from Opposition parties fall prey to the winning party's cadres, there is no need to conduct polls,'' he said and demanded financial assistance for the victims of post-poll violence.

Mr Nath also expressed his disappointment at the Governor not including the issue of post-poll violence in his speech.

''I cannot support the Governor's speech for ignoring common problems prevalent in the state,'' he said.

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tapan Chakraborty said the Governor had rightly mentioned the progress made by the Left Front government in his speech.

The state had made tremendous progress in the fields of education, healthcare, electricity and expansion of supply of drinking water during the past five years, he said, adding that all these issues were included in the Governor's speech.

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