Meanwhile in Tripura

Rahul Sinha

The soaring prices of air tickets
PRIME Minister Modi  had promised the people of Tripura HIRA (highway, Iway, Railway and Airway)  if BJP is voted to power. However now the people of the state are the worst sufferers as the number of flights in Agartala-Kolkata sector has reduced.  While Spice jet has completely withdrawn its services from Agartala since September 1, the Indigo too has withdrawn two flights. Thus the airlines are carrying 760 passengers less everyday from Agartala to Kolkata. This has resulted in a sharp rise in the prices of air tickets. The state government till date has done nothing except the CM sending a letter to the PM only on October 29.  Meanwhile an air ticket from Agartala to Kolkata is costing Rs 15,000.  Students, patients, businessmen and common people are in hardship. CPI(M) MPs Shankar Prasad Datta and Jharna Das Baidya wrote a letter to union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and urged him to increase the number of flights urgently. They have demanded that the Air India should increase at least one flight (to and fro daily) while both Indigo and Spice jet should be directed to increase and resume their services as soon as possible.

Satchand witnesses Democracy A La BJP
After reducing the entire process of bye-election to the three tier panchayet bodies to a farce, the BJP now is setting new precedents over how to elect a minority chairperson bypassing all the rules.  In the last general election to the three tier panchayats, the Left Front had won all the 11 seats of Satchand Panchayat Samiti (block level body). After the BJP formed the government, like in other parts of the states, here too the elected members were threatened to submit resignation. However only the chairperson, resigned and another member switched to the BJP. In the farcical bye-election, BJP candidate Kakali Das was elected unopposed. But since the post of chairperson is reserved for a woman, the election to that post had to be held. For that, according to statutes, all the members have to be given notice well in advance. But in this case, the notice was issued in the evening of October 25 and the election was to be held on 26th. Four of the nine CPI(M) members were forced to attend the meeting. One of them Lopa Barman was virtually kidnapped, her house was vandalised, her son beaten up. She came to the meeting even without slippers in her feet. At a meeting controlled by the BJP hoodlums, the BDO and other officials elected Kakali Das as the new chairperson throwing away all the rules. CPI(M) Central Committee member Jitendra Choudhury termed the entire process as illegal and demanded that this election should be declared null and void and action should be taken against  all the officers associated with this  illegal act.

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