Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed his first rally in Tripura post the declaration of polling dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 where he accused the Congress of deliberately ignoring the middle class in their election manifesto.

Addressing a massive gathering in Udaipur of this north-eastern state, the PM also said that the Congress plays a double game with the Left

“In their ‘dhakosla patra’, the Congress not even once mentioned the middle class. This hatred is because they think the middle class has made Modi win and that’s why they’re adamant on punishing the middle class,” the PM said, referring to the Congress election manifesto which he calls ‘deception document’.

“Congress and other parties are planning to levy more taxes on the middle class. They are pushing the country towards License Raj,” he added.

The PM further said that the Congress and the left fight against one another in one place and behave like friends in another.

“This is their show. But they do stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who want ‘Bharat ke tukde’ (India destroyed),” the PM said.

Attacking the Left in Tripura, the PM said that the communist parties hold their “own constitution as more important than the Constitution of India”.

“Parties that had dozens of MPs, CMs and MLAs are showing signs of fatigue. The Left parties are panting. They are seen in TV debates rather than on the ground with the people,” he said.

Tripura was the bastion of the Left since 1993 which was demolished by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2018 assembly elections in the state.

“The welfare of the poor has never been Congress or TMC’s priority. Going against their ideology, the Left parties have also neglected the poor and the labours,” the PM added.

Praising the BJP government in Tripura, the PM said that a change on the ground is visible.

“Today law-order is under control and people can walk on the streets without fear. And you can also worship your deities fearlessly,” the PM said.

Polling for Tripura’s two Lok Sabha seats will be held in two phases – 11 and 18 April.