AGARTALA, March 25 � Calling upon people to bring a change in Tripura, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the State has been moving backward due to old policies adopted by the Marxist Government.
While other States have been moving forward, Tripura, a small State remains laggard in terms of all-round developmental activities resulting in increase in BPL population, he said at an election rally at Karaimura school ground, some 23 km from the capital town.
�The Central Government has been providing huge funds in different welfare schemes not for the benefit of CPM leaders and cadres but for the welfare of common people. Unfortunately, the State�s BPL population still stands at 70 per cent�, he pointed out.
Rahul said Communism has vanished in many countries because of its wrong and old policies. �The Communism concept has changed even in China and the Marxist existence is at stake in two States � West Bengal and Kerala. Only one hope for Marxists is Tripura. Now, the time has come to change the old and orthodox attitude of Marxism to bring a much awaited change in Tripura�, Rahul, who addressed only one rally, here, said.
Asserting that the Congress wants to make the North East an economic centre, he said the Look East Policy would be implemented in true sprit if the Congress is voted to power in the ensuing Parliamentary elections.
Highlighting the success of the UPA Government, party�s youth icon said, �The Manmohan Singh Government has implemented a series of programmes � MNREGA, Right to Education, Food Security Act and Right to Information Act for the welfare of common people�.
�The MNREGA has been proved beneficial as around 15 crore poor families have been rid of BPL tag. Now, the Congress is on the move to push a medical bill aimed at providing healthcare to the people free of cost�, he said.
In the rally, Rahul also spoke on women empowerment. He said, �The Congress will push the Women Reservation Bill giving reservation for women in Assembly and Lok Sabha if the party is voted to power�, he said.
Rahul further said, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already given its nod to the Bill empowering the Autonomous District Council (ADC) and this will be implemented if the Congress retains power for the third consecutive term. Pradesh Congress president DC Hrangkhawl and CLP leader Sudip Roy Barman also spoke in the rally. After the rally, the party vice president left the State to attend party rallies in West Bengal.