Agartala: While addressing a rally in poll-bound Tripura, CPM leader and Politburo member Subhasini Ali has called Prime Minister Modi “Pocket Maar”. She repeatedly asks audiences the meaning of PM and goes on to say that PM means pocket maar (pickpocket).

Subhashini Ali is the daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal who were part of the Indian National Army. She was formerly married to filmmaker Muzaffar Ali. As a trade Unionist and leader of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, she was once very influential in the politics of Kanpur where the Communist Party of India (CPI) held sway over trade unions. This influence of CPI helped her win the General elections of 1989 to the parliament and she defeated her nearest rival BJP candidate by 56,587 votes from Kanpur.

The CPI influence waned after the emergency in 1977 and she lost the General elections of 1996 by 1,51,090 votes. She finished at the fifth place in the General elections of 2004 polling only 4,558 votes (0.74%). She fought the General elections of 2014 from Barrackpore as a CPI(M) candidate but lost.

She is currently a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She was inducted into the politburo of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 2015 thereby becoming the second women member in politburo after Brinda Karat.

Reacting to the speech, Tripura BJP head and member of the party’s national executive Sunil Deodhar said, “It’s very visible that CPM is losing the State in February. Hence, their campaign has deteriorated and they have stooped to such personal attacks against the prime minister.”

Deodhar said, “Using such a language and creating such a narrative is totally shameful. It shows CPM’s fear of losing the battle.”

In Tripura, the Left is in power for five terms with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on the driver’s seat for four consecutive terms.

Besides Kerala, Tripura is the only State where CPI-M led front is in power. Sarkar will have to come over anti-incumbency as the BJP and the Trinamool Congress are eyeing power in the State bordering Bangladesh.

The present assembly strength in Tripura is largely tilted in favour of the Left with the CPI-M having 50 members and the CPI one. The BJP has seven MLAs while the Congress has two lawmakers in the State.