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Ex-CM Manik Sarkar changes stand after backlash over Chakma infiltration issue

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Agartala: After facing huge backlash, the former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday changed his stand on the large-scale Chakma infiltration issue saying that he had neither supported the demands of the Council of Tiprasa Hoda nor he denied them.

“I had just tried to highlight the concerns of Hoda, an umbrella outfit of many social organizations, to Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also happens to be the Home Minister of the state,” Sarkar said.

The Council of Tiprasa Hoda sent a detailed memorandum to Home Minister Amit Shah, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Leader of the Opposition Manik Sarkar informing them of large-scale Chakma influx from Bangladesh in the bordering areas of the state.

“On receiving the letter and going through it, I thought the matter should be redirected to the Chief Minister through my office. I have written a letter and enclosed the copy of the memorandum and forwarded it to Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb for his urgent notice”, said Sarkar.

But, the wording of Sarkar’s letter tells a different story. In the last paragraph of his letter, Sarkar wrote, “What I would like to mention here is that the issues mentioned in the Memorandum sent on behalf of the Council of Tiprasa Hoda are really matters of serious concern. Therefore, I hope you would pay due attention to the issues for taking necessary early step(s) from the government of Tripura to tackle the situation”.

His lines indicate that he was well aware of the problem and he was requesting the Chief Minister to tackle the situation as early as possible. However, Sarkar alleged that a section of people tried to run propaganda on social platforms against him that would be clarified after this letter comes to public.

Sarkar also addressed the questions raised by TIPRA motha supremo Pradyot Kishore Debbarman saying that the CPIM, GMP or any constituent of the Left Front was against the divisive politics.

“We want peace among tribes and non-tribes. We want tranquility. When police fired on the CAB agitation protestors, I had visited them in the hospital. We did not participate in the bandh but we did not oppose it. The CPIM was protesting against the new citizenship matrix proposed by the Modi government since it was tabled in the parliament. We protested in the house and outside the house and everywhere, where the Left has a presence”, he replied to Pradyot’s questions on CAB.

Veteran CPIM leaders Radha Charan Debbarma and Aghore Debbarma described the Left government’s efforts in uplifting the tribal population from the clutches of poverty and illiteracy.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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