Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Armed activists in West Bengal, in the name of Maoism, were indulging in violence and arson to destabilise and destroy the Left movement in the State, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here on Monday.

He was delivering a special address at the 27th State-level conference of the Tamil Nadu Farmers Association.

International mercenaries planned to destroy the Left movement and Maoists were targeting some pockets in the districts bordering Bihar and Jharkhand.

This sorry state of affairs was due to the support given by the Trinamool Congress to these groups, but the Left would withstand it.

Mr. Sarkar said Tripura would become self-sufficient in food production in the next few years. “When we assumed office — I will not say when we came to power because States have no power at all — only 2.5 to 3 per cent of total irrigable lands had irrigation facilities. Now, 95 per cent of the irrigable lands are under irrigation. Similarly, we brought 39 per cent of the cultivable lands under cultivation. ”