C Times, 4 August 2017, Agartala,
On the fourth day of the fast unto death agitation by Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare Association, BJP State President Biplab Deb, State Observer Sunil Deodhar and Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath have met the agitators and extended solidarity with their cause.
However as the State government appears to be reluctant to soften its stand on their demand so far, the ongoing agitation in unlikely to be resolved soon.
The opposition parties are however not leaving the opportunity and BJP State President, Biplob Kr Deb, Observer Sunil Deodhar and Congress (Code-encoded) MLA Ratan Lal Nath met the SSA demonstrators and extended their full support to the agitation.
Addressing to media, Biplab Kr Deb said, “In many of the BJP ruled States including Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, the services have been regularized, but Tripura government has not regularized them yet, this is really shaming.”
Vehemently opposing State Education Minister’s statement that regularization issue is not a State matter, Biplob Kr Deb challenged the validity of the statement made by the Education Minister.
He clearly mentioned that the Central government would give its nod to regularization if the State government proposed. We will communicate with the central leaders and apprise them of the present impasse.
He also said, “We will write a letter to MHRD Minister and will also send a letter to the Prime Minister informing about the agitation and state government’s role.”
He clearly mentioned that “What BJP will do with SSA teachers, we made our stand clear long back, but via media I like to tell Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to regularize the SSA teachers on the urgent basis and not to wait for more 6 (six) months, when BJP will come in power.”
On the second day of the Hunger Strike agitation, TPCC President Birajit Sinha along with other leaders the Pradesh Congress also met with the SSA teachers and supported their fight for regularization.
BJP State President Biplab Kr Deb’s visit has disgraced as a nuclear bomb in CPIM headquarter Melarmath as already Congress and BJP have visited the SSA led Hunger Strike place, but CPIM neither can visit the agitation place, not they can sit silently. However, a source said that they getting ready to accuse BJP of inspiring the SSA teachers for sitting in Hunger Strike.
Tripura SSA Teachers Welfare Association on 1 August have set in Hunger Strike demanding their regularization. While sitting in Hunger Strike on the fourth day an Orient Chowmuhani here in Agartala city, President of the Association Sajal Deb said that the teachers are affected and will continue their agitation till death until and unless they are regularized.
He also added, “These teachers are ready to die here through continuing their agitation. The government have every possible way by using force and can pull them down only after they die, or else it is not possible for the Left led the government to withdraw their Hunger Strike.”