Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb during the second day of the monsoon session of the state assembly

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s statement about leaving the state if people ask him to do so has not gone down well with the party’s ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

IPFT supremo and revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma expressed surprise at Deb’s announcement of meeting people in an 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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Debbarma said the BJP-IPFT coalition government came to power only in 2018. “Is it necessary that within these 2 years, the popularity of the government has to be checked?” he asked.

“The chief minister had chaired the cabinet meeting on Tuesday before calling the press conference. Surprisingly, he did not mention anything about the presser in the meeting,” Debbarma added.

He also said that the decision of the chief minister involves the cabinet and the council of ministers directly, as he heads of the government. This should have been discussed once with the cabinet ministers.

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Chief Minister Biplab Deb had said that on December 13, he would meet people in Astabal ground, now Swami Vivekananda Maidan, and ask them if they want 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.

“I want to work, and that could be the only mistake I have made. I have been working following the Modi mantra. This government does not work with the old system that was followed for years. People here have the least idea of Modi system,” Deb added.

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