Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed in Tripura's Sonamura ahead of assembly elections in the state.
Addressing a gathering in Sonamura, Modi said,''Tripura wants to achieve new heights of glory. People here aspire for more and better employment opportunities. This election is not being contested by BJP, it's being contested by the people of Tripura. It's being contested by the eight lakh unemployed youth and the government employees deprived of 7th Pay Commission.''
Raising chants of 'chalo poltoi' (lets change), Modi promised better connectivity to the state, saying the BJP would also focus on three Ts - trade, tourism and training.
PM Modi also attacked Manik Sarkar government over Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. "Poor of Tripura were looted through the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. More than 14 lakh people, half of Tripura's population lost their hard earned money. Everyone guilty for stealing from the poor will be punished. Voters will teach them a lesson," Modi said.
''People in Tripura do not deserve any 'manik' but a 'hira' - highways, i-ways (digital connectivity), roadways and airways,'' said Modi.
He ended his speech with chants of 'Bharat mata ki Jai' and 'Chalo Poltoi'.
This is Modi's first political rally in Tripura after he became the Prime Minister in 2014.
Modi will again visit the state on February 15 and address a public meeting in Agartala. BJP's national president Amit Shah will also be in the state for a week to campaign in favour of the candidates of the BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance. It is reported that in the 60-member assembly, BJP will contest 51 seats while its ally will contest 9 seats. Results will be announced on March 3.