Both the opposition parties of the state, the Congress and the CPIM today held separate rallies in the poll-bound Badharghat assembly constituency.
The CPIM, the main opposition party of the state, organized an election rally where leader of the opposition and CPIM politburo member Manik Sarkar campaigned for party candidate Bulti Biswas whereas the Congress party also held a similar programme at the area in presence of Congress leader Subal Bhowmik and Birajit Sinha.
Addressing the rally, Sarkar came down heavily on the policies of the new government and claimed the new government failed ostensibly to live up to its commitments. Taking a dig at the BJP, he said, the BJP party promised to give jobs to every household. And, now their chief are suggesting youth for raring cows, for opening Paan shops etc. In their poll manifesto, he claimed, they have promised of giving 52,000 jobs in the first year. And, now their people are saying that the government job is not the only way of employment.
Speaking on the MGNREGA, he said, they have promised of increasing the wages of MGNREGA upto Rs 340 but what we have been witnessing? People are not getting their deserved workdays. The self styled BJP leaders are charging commissions from the MGNREGA workers in lieu of inclusion of names in work list, Sarkar alleged.
The opposition leader also claimed that the business organizations of the state were facing a tough time. Earlier, he said, in the pre-puja season, shops remained full of customers. But, what you see now. The markets are crowd-free. The number of traders is greater than the number of consumers, he claimed. He requested the voters to exercise their franchise wisely and urged the voters to wage ideological battle against the BJP.
On the other hand, from the part of Congress party, Congress leader Subal Bhowmik, Birajit Sinha and Gopal Roy partook in the campaigning. Subal Bhowmik, who contested the Lok Sabha polls in Congress ticket after leaving BJP, said, the BJP-IPFT government has crossed all the limits. The Congress is the only party which can resist the BJP. The people of Badharghat will give the government a befitting reply in the by-elections. Former TPCC president Birajit Sinha and former MLA Gopal Roy also attended the rally and urged the voters to vote for Congress.