Time to take 'Manik' off and wear a 'HIRA': PM Modi

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The Leader of Opposition in Gujarat, Paresh Dhanani, on Thursday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for insinuating that things might have been different had Sardar Patel been the first Prime Minister of India. "In a way, the PM Modi has humiliated the women in the Nation", said Renuka Chowdhury, addressing the media representatives outside the Parliament. "February 18 election is not being contested by the BJP but by the eight lakh unemployed youth and government employees who have been deprived of 7th pay commission", added the prime minister.

A public rally has been organised at Rangamati Madrassa school ground in Sipahijala, Mr Bhattacharya said.

Modi said, "Tripura remained backward for a long time and there has been no development in the state".

COMMENTSSecurity forces have intensified patrolling in the district and adequate measures have been taken to thwart any untoward incidents, Unakoti SP Ajit Pratap Singh said.

He said the previous NDA government led by Atal Vajpayee had set up the Development of North Eastern Region Ministry, and now his government also gave top priority to develop infrastructure of the region and to improve the lives of the people.

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Criticizing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, whose Dhanpur constituency falls in Sonamura, Modi said: "Under his (Sarkar's) white kurta, there is a dark side". PM Modi had said that it was after Ramayana that he got to hear such a laugh, indirectly hitting out at Renuka Chowdhury. You all have been hypnotised by the Left. "The state government is not able to spend funds given by the Centre for people's welfare".

To woo voters the PM Modi also mentioned that his government has launched Rs 1,300 crore National Bamboo Mission to utilise the huge bamboo resources of the state.

"How can a Prime Minister speak like this?"

He said people are committing suicide in Tripura and youths are not getting jobs. The time has come to throw away the Left parties.

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