Former BJP MLA and health minister Sudip Roy Barman garlands statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Despite protests, an FIR and orders from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to cancel the event, former health minister and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sudip Roy Barman on Friday unveiled a statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Cancer Centre (ABVRCC), in the presence of party workers and senior leaders.

Earlier on Thursday, an FIR was lodged by the medical superintendent of ABVRCC, Dr Gautam Majumder, for installation of the statue without approval from concerned authorities.

The former health minister told reporters that he had sought permission from the medical superintendent and that a letter for the same was also written, informing that the statue would be installed on the occasion of the 96th birth anniversary of the former prime minister.

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Roy Barman, who was a health minister in the present state cabinet, had taken the initiative to change the name of the Agartala regional cancer centre after the former PM. However, after being dropped from the cabinet, the statue wasn’t installed at the institute.

Tripura Governor Ramesh Kumar Bais had given his consent to attend the program as chief guest and the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was also invited by the MLA. However, the CM, who also holds the health portfolio, ordered to cancel the program, Roy Barman said on Thursday.

On Friday, the former health minister along with two other legislators, Asish Kumar Saha and Sushanta Chowdhury, as well as other BJP leaders including former state chief, attended the event to unveil the statue at the ABVRCC.

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Roy Barman said that the former PM was the tallest Indian leader across political lines.

“He was a great poet, a great thinker and a visionary leader under whose leadership India has tremendously progressed. Our PM of modern India, Narendra Modi, is taking his values and principles in making India stronger each and every day,” Barman said.

When questioned about the FIR and protest against him, Barman said, “I hope those who had prevented us from installing the statue would be equally happy today.”

Procession was also organized by the supporters of BJP to mark the 96th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister in Agartala and other places across the state.

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