Agartala, Jan 05: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the BJP-led government in Tripura has fulfilled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of HIRA (Highway, Internet way, Roadway, Airways) by implementing a large number of projects in the past five years.

“Before the elections in 2018, Modiji had promised HIRA for Tripura. In the beyond 5 years in power, under Modiji’s leadership, Chief Minister Manik Saha and former CM Biplab Kumar Deb have kept the promise. With Manik Saha as the CM, Tripura now has both HIRA and Manik,” Shah said while launching BJP’s Jan Biswas Yatra at Dharmanagar in Tripura.

“During the Communist’s tenure, Tripura became grappling with the problem of insurgency, corruption, lack of governance, and discrimination against the tribals. After removing the Communists from power in 2018, we ended militancy by signing a pact with NLFT, settled the problem of Bru refugees by signing an agreement, and settled 50,000 indigenous Bru people in Tripura. We have established good governance and have taken up massive projects worth over Rs 10,000 crore to improve infrastructure in Tripura,” Shah added.

The Yatra became released as a part of BJP’s outreach program ahead of the state Assembly elections slated for February.

Home Minister Amit Shah said that “We have provided free LPG connections to 2.60 lakh women, started work to provide safe drinking water to 4.25 lakh families, 3.80 lakh houses have been constructed in urban and rural areas and work started for the construction of 262km national highways with the expenditure of Rs 2,800 crore. We have also set up 17 Ekalavya model schools and provided electricity to 1.20 lakh households.”

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Shah slammed the Opposition CPI(M) and Congress, stating that the two parties have lost people’s faith due to their failure to fulfill the promises they made.

“The Communist government remained limited to the 5th Pay Commission for the government employees in Tripura. But our government has implemented the 7th Pay Commission. The Communists and Congress cannot do any good in Tripura. I am confident that the people of Tripura will elect BJP again this time with a two-thirds majority,” Shah said.

BJP is gearing up to contest the elections with its regional ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The Opposition CPI (M) and Congress, on the other hand, have issued a joint call to oust the BJP-led government in the state. Trinamool Congress and Tipra Motha, another regional force, however, are likely to contest elections on their own.