Sonamura, Feb 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sounded the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll bugle in Sonamura for the Tripura Assembly Elections 2018 to be held later this month. Addressing a rally in Sonamura on Thursday, Modi said that election of Tripura will be one contested not by the BJP but by the people of India. “This election is not being contested by BJP, it’s being contested by the people of Tripura. It’s being contested by the 8 lakh unemployed youth and the government employees deprived of 7th Pay Commission,” Modi said.

Speaking at the rally, Modi questioned as to why the 7th Pay Commission was not being implemented in Tripura. “The people of Tripura should get the minimum wages under MNREGA. BJP promises that the people of Tripura will get what the country gets,” he added.

Modi also said that the current government in the state had created an atmosphere of fear in Tripura. “The government in Tripura has established an atmosphere of fear among the people who speak against them,” Modi said.

Here is what Modi said during his rally at Sonamura in Tripura:

  • “We are focussing on 3Ts for Tripura – Trade, Tourism, Training of the youth so that they get opportunities to shine.”
  • “The fate of the country will change only when the fate of Tripura will change.”
  • “Tripura is done with Manik. Now it needs HIRA – H stands for Highway, I for Iway (digital connectivity), R for Roadway and A for Airway.”
  • “Scams like the ‘Rose Valley’ have ruined the poor in Tripura. Those who looted the poor must be brought to book.”

Tripura will go to polls on February 18 while counting of votes will be held on March 3 along with the results for Nagaland and Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018.