Manik Sarkar

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has lashed out at the CPI-M for alleged attempts to “plunge the state into lawlessness” and said the opposition party was rattled on seeing “all round peace and prosperity in Tripura in the last three years”.

In a series of tweets, the chief minister also slammed Leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar and said on September 6, the former chief minister “led a mob of drug mafias” and instigated them to attack BJP workers in Sonamura.

The CM accused the opposition of being “desperate” to regain lost political ground and said they are attempting to plunge Tripura into lawlessness.

The chief minister’s attack came a day after CPI-M central committee general secretary Sitaram Yechury sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention following the recent violence in Tripura alleging that many of the CPI-M party offices and media houses were ransacked by BJP supporters.

“…Several BJP workers were severely injured and a few are still fighting for life in GB Hospital. This has been the political modus operandi mastered by CPM,” he tweeted.

“I wish to remind the CPM that in our New Tripura such violent political behaviour will not be tolerated by its people. It will be my utmost endeavour to identify and punish each miscreant as per law. Peace is and will be a non-negotiable tenet of the BJP-led government,” the Tripura CM wrote.

On the attack on media houses, the CM said the media is the fourth pillar of our democracy and should be respected by all. He assured that those behind the attack will be identified and justice will be delivered.

“I have also heard disturbing reports of an attack on the office of a media outlet. Media is the fourth pillar of our democracy and should be respected by all. We will identify those behind the attack & ensure speedy justice. I stand with all my media friends in solidarity,” he added.

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