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Unknown numbers asking political questions? Beware it’s I-PAC

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Agartala: The Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) run by none other than poll analyst Prashant Kishore has stooped so low that they are now randomly calling people with fake identity in order to have a general sense as to what ideology they subscribed to.

A number of people who have undergone such a telephonic test have shared their experience with this reporter. 

“The way they talk, it seems like preliminary homework. They insist on people to think about an alternative political party”, a youth who received such a call a few days back said. 

According to him, the girl whom he spoke to revealed her identity as a researcher on politics and said she hails from Khowai. 

Another person from South Tripura, who underwent a similar interview said, “I could not figure out why such questions were being asked to me. I told the person that I was busy but after he insisted I shared my views. Later, when I discussed the matter with some friends, I understood it was I-PAC.” 

According to both of them similar types of questions were asked. “Questions like whom do you prefer if not BJP, how is the government’s performance and also collect some names of leaders whom the individual follows,” said one of them. 

According to experts, the I-PAC team compiles the data in a pre-set format which is analyzed, filtered  time and again for strategizing political activities in the state. But, their way of dealing with people is absolutely fake and in a way they are duping people for narrow political interests.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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