Agartala: A week after the BJP-led government in Tripura dropped May Day from the state’s list of holidays, CM Biplab Kumar Deb justified the move saying that government employees did not need holiday on May Day as they were not “labourers or workers”.
While attending an event of the Tripura Gazetted Officers’ Sangh on Sunday, Deb said: “Am I a labourer? No, I am chief minister. So, what for do you need holiday? What will you mourn for?”
Talking about May Day, Deb further said: “The holiday is still there for the industrial sector, the labourers. But very few states have given holiday on this day. Why do government employees need holiday on May Day? They (the previous Left Front government) used to give holiday to the entire state on this day.”
Opposition leaders have vehemently opposed the government’s decision. On Monday, CITU leader and Tripura West MP Shankar Prasad Datta alleged that the BJP-led government didn’t know how to run the state; what they knew was only to provide facilities to big business houses, much like the Modi government in the Centre.
On November 3, the state government issued a notification dropping May Day from the list of state holidays and including it in the list of restricted holidays. Government employees will now be allowed to take four holidays, out of 12, from the list of restricted holidays during 2019.
May Day was first included in the list of government holidays in Tripura by the first Left Front government in 1978 under former CM Nripen Chakraborty.