Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi empowered the North-Eastern states, especially Tripura, by erasing the dividing lines drawn by the parties in power previously.

Addressing the inaugural function of the newly constructed building of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial old-age home, Deb said, “For years people of Tripura were deprived of what they actually deserved. Their leaders (CPI-M) used to speak in a language which apparently implied that the central government was intentionally ignoring the people of Tripura. The only motive of the party was to take political advantage by widening the divide between poor and rich.”

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Deb said, “After Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre, he gave equal respect to the chief ministers of all states. Today, the he gives equal importance to the chief minister of Tripura and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, there is no disparity.”

Taking a dig at former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, he said, “For decades Tripura’s administrative system under Manik Sarkar was weak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi breathed new life into it with his new mantra of development.”

On the new building, the Chief Minister said, “Prime Minister Modi had specially sanctioned Rs 7 crore for the project. The technology which has been used in building the house is far superior to what is use nowadays here in the state. This is the vision of PM Modi. The elite class of the state even the Chief Minister does not have such a high tech building that is unveiled today for my elders residing in the old age home. Days are gone when old-age homes are supposed to be warehouses of rickety old furniture and drab old buildings.”

Deb also wished that had he been given the charge of the state ten years back, Tripura would have been in heights of success today.

Apart from the chief minister, Social Welfare and Education minister Santana Chakma also attended the function. Deb also spent some cherishable moments with the residents of the home. 

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