Kailashahar: Targetting the Left
Front government in Tripura, AICC general secretary Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday said it was not working for the development of
the poor and the working class and should be ousted in the
2013 Assembly elections.
"The manifesto of the Communist Party speaks of
development and uplift of the poor and working class people,
but the Communist government in Tripura is not working in this
direction," Gandhi told a public meeting here.
"This government must be ousted in the next Assembly
elections in 2013. We will present a new government which will
work for development and usher progress in the state," he
Alleging that a large chunk of central funds were
"pocketed" by the "Communists and corrupt bureaucrats", Gandhi
said, "It is unfortunate if the funds in flagship programmes
by the Centre do not reach the people."
Quoting his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
that not even 15 per cent of government money was being spent
in the country, he said it was a "reality even now".
Citing statistics, he said, "The Central government under
flagship programmes provided funds for development of the
people of the state. But only 15 per cent of Central funds are
being spent and rest are siphoned off by some quarters."
Gandhi said, 30 per cent of the money from the government
exchequer was to be spent for development of tribals, but in
reality not even 15 per cent was being spent in Tripura.
The Forest Bill introduced in Parliament to provide land
right to the people living in the forest areas was also
not implemented properly, he said.
"The Central government had introduced MGNREGA for
eradicating poverty and assured 100 days employment guarantee
which was unique in the world, but the Left Front government
was not properly implementing it, nor creating infrastructure
for development, while roads and schools were also not being
built in rural areas.
"This money is not the Central government`s money, it
is people`s money which is supposed to be spent for
infrastructure development, for education, healthcare and
shelter to the people. You should be vigilant that the money
is properly utilised," the Congress leader said.
Gandhi said, Delhi, Maharastra, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana,
Assam were forging ahead because they were spending funds for
He said the Central government had waived Rs 60,000 crore
debts in agriculture for the progress of poor farmers and
would present the Food Security bill in the next session of
the Parliament to ensure food security for all citizens in the
"The UPA government was working for development of poor as
unless poverty is eradicated, the country could not progress."