Ahmedabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah promised jobs and education in Tripura while focusing on violence in the north-eastern state ruled by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s assembly elections.

“The Marxist government has not done any development in 25 years. It has only spread violence; caused violence against mothers and sisters. Five women are attacked every day. The most attacks on women in the country take place in Tripura,” Shah said at a press conference in Agartala on Monday. “There is anger against the CPM government throughout the state. Because of its misrule, Tripura stands last when it comes to development.”

“In 25 years of CPM rule, the number of unemployed youths rose to 7.33 lakh from 25,000,” Shah said, adding that his party will set up one degree college in each constituency of Tripura and provide free education to girls from nursery through post-graduation if it wins the elections. He also said a free health scheme will be established.

“The youth of Tripura have no smartphones. We will give smartphones to every youth after forming the government,” he said.

Shah also accused the Sarkar government of not carrying out development despite receiving Central funds. “Because of the CPM government, the people of Tripura are deprived of welfare schemes of the (Narendra) Modi government,” the BJP president said. “Under the 13th Finance Commission (formed in 2007), Tripura got Rs7,283 crore. But Modi ji gave Tripura Rs25,396 crore under the 14th Finance Commission. Our government made a provision to give around Rs18,000 crore more to the people of Tripura.”

The BJP is attempting to oust the CPM in Tripura, where the latter has been in power since 1993. Chief minister Manik Sarkar has held the reins of government for the last 20 years.