On the last day of campaigning in poll-bound Tripura, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will on Friday address a public rally in Unakoti, officials said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Tripura today to address a gathering in Kailashahar, Unakoti. #CongressForTripura
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 16, 2018
The Gandhi scion’s rally in Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya Stadium in Kailashahar, Unakoti comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Communist government in Tripura of blocking development and promoting violence.
In a massive rally on Thursday, Modi had said that the ruling Manik Sarkar government believed in ‘gun-tantra’ (gun culture) not ‘gantantra’ (republic) as he asked the voters to “uproot” the Communist regime that has been in power for the last five consecutive terms.
The ruling CPI-M has fielded 57 candidates, leaving one seat each to its Left Front partners — the Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.
The BJP is contesting 51 seats. It has left nine seats for its electoral ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).
Congress candidates have filed nominations in 59 of the state’s 60 constituencies.
Trinamool Congress has nominated 24 candidates.
Polling will be held for the 60-seat Tripura assembly on Sunday, February 18. The votes will be counted on March 3.
Tripura has been ruled by the Left Front since 1978 with a five-year break between 1988 and 1993, when the Congress and its tribal party ally Tripura Upajati Juba Samity were in power.