Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb with state BJP in-charge, Vinod Kumar Sonkar (left) in Agartala on December 5 last.

Agartala: There is no need for the people to decide on whether Tripura’s chief minister will remain in office. Biplab Kumar Deb will continue serve the people of Tripura and leave the party’s internal problems to the party high command, said BJP state in-charge (prabhari) Vinod Kumar Sonkar here on Tuesday.

Speaking with reporters, Sonkar said that he spoke with the national president JP Nadda and discussed the issue with the chief minister of Tripura.

“Any problem should be left to the party high command to resolve. There are no differences in the organisation in Tripura. The family is big, but the party will listen to everyone,” Sonkar said.

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He also said that the Biplab Kumar Deb had talked to national president JP Nadda about taking the verdict of the people on the post of Chief Minister following which the decision was taken.

Earlier, the chief minister had said that on December 13, he would meet people in Astabal ground, now Swami Vivekananda Maidan, and ask them if they wanted his removal or not.

“I will speak to people on Sunday, starting at 2 pm and ask them for their opinion. I will take their verdict and forward the report to the party high command and let them decide,” Deb said.

He had also said that the recent slogans against him hurt him and he would not tolerate any irregularities within the party.

Last Sunday at the state guest house in front of BJP state in-charge Vinod Kumar Sonkar, the party workers chanted the slogan “Biplab hatao, BJP bachao” which hurt the chief minister and forced him to take the decision of taking the verdict of the people.

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TJP’s ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) supremo and revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma expressed surprise at Deb’s announcement of meeting people in open ground to prove his ‘popularity’.

Speaking with reporters, Debbarma said that it was inappropriate for a chief minister to test his popularity by calling such a rally in a parliamentary democracy.

“The chief minister could have taken up the issue in the assembly. The state assembly is the appropriate place to check the popularity. Both the lawmakers of the ruling parties and the opposition parties can bring a motion of no confidence. A ground with a capacity of 70,000 is not enough against 25 lakh voters,” Debbarma said.

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