Tripura CM criticises Centre on policy issue

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Agartala, Aug 15 (UNI) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today lashed out at the Centre for ignoring major and basic problems of the country like price hike and internal security issues.

Unfurling the national triclour on the occasion of the country's 62nd Independence Day at the Assam Rifles ground here, Mr Sarkar alleged that the Centre had not been giving enough attention to the problems of the common people, but was rather interested to safeguard people like the Ambanis and the government policy was framed for them.

He said most of the plans were ''defective'' in nature and were not for the common people and the previous governments at the Centre had tried to ''protect the interest of the capitalists''.

''Only 10 per cent of our total population is getting all the benefits of India's independence and still our planners are trying to safeguard the interest of the business class,'' Mr Sarkar pointed out.

Referring to the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Chief Minister said it was still not clear to the people as why the Manmohan Singh Government was in favour of the nuke deal with the US, because it would help America to spread its influence and capture the Indian market.

He, however, maintained that the Centre had not yet paid due attention to the development of the Northeastern region even after 61 years of independence and the region was still lagging behind in basic infrastructure development, which was the basic reason for unrest in the region.

Mr Sarkar paid homage to the freedom fighters on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Indian Independence and said, ''On this momentous occasion, we salute our founding fathers who had tirelessly fought for freedom. We also pay homage to thousands of others who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.'' Meanwhile, Governor D N Sahay paid homage to the freedom fighters this morning at Gandhighat in the city while the Congress party hoisted the national flag at its office and the BSF offered sweets to its Bangladesh counterpart BDR as part of the Independence Day celebration at Akhaura Indo-Bangladesh border.

Meanwhile, five militant groups that had announced boycott of celebrations on the day are the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) - comprising several major militant outfits in the state- the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) and the Tripura People's Democratic Front (TPDF) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).


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