Agartala, Feb 12: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday delivered a confident speech at an election rally here ahead of the state polls. Clad in white kurta and black jeans, Gandhi began campaigning for the party candidates in the prestigious Dhanpur constituency in Sonamura where Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is contesting.
Gandhi, who was addressing an election rally for the first time after becoming the party vice-president, said the Congress is committed to carry out its poll promises if it returns to power. He attended four rallies covering west, south, north and central parts of the state and although he was supposed to return to New Delhi in the evening, Gandhi said he would stay back to address two more rallies on Tuesday. The visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the state was also cancelled.
Gandhi said he would address both the rallies that her mother and party president Sonia Gandhi was supposed to address in eastern Tripura and Agartala on Sunday. He said the Congress president could not come owing to health reasons.
Gandhi stressed Congress's 213-point commitment before the polls besides initiatives for unemployed youths and state employees who constitute a significant part of the voters. He said the Congress, if voted to power, would provide at least one government job to every family in the state besides implementing the central pay commission for the government employees besides delegating more power to the Autonomous District Council.
Saying the Congress was committed to uproot communist rule from Tripura after West Bengal and Kerala, Gandhi accused the Left Front of failing to address problems like poverty and unemployment. He also emphasised on the success of the UPA's government flagship programmes for development.
The Congress is looking to topple the 20-year-old Left regime in the state but is plagued by serious factional feuds. The party saw dissenting voices after many of its supporters failed to get poll ticket this time. Tripura will go to the polls on February 14 and the results will be declared on February 28, along with those of Meghalaya and Nagaland, which are going to the polls on February 23.