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Tripura’s Biplab Deb may get an earful from PM Modi over controversial statements

A source reported that the newly appointed chief minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb, has been summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making a series of controversial statements in the recent past.

Biplab Deb is scheduled to fly to Delhi tomorrow for a meeting of all Chief Ministers with PM Modi for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Sources say the Prime Minister may call him separately for a talk. BJP president Amit Shah is also likely to be present for the meeting.

Of late, Deb, who took charge of Tripura last month, has been in the news for his controversial remarks. “There should be a cow in every house. Why run after netas for government jobs? Milk is being sold at Rs 50 per litre. Graduates should get cows and milk it to earn Rs 10 lakh in 10 years. Instead of running after political parties,” the Chief Minister said at an event.

In the past, the chief minister had made headlines after he questioned the rationale of awarding Miss World title to Diana Hayden in 1997 and stated that internet and satellite had existed during the Mahabharata era.

That the 48-year-old chief minister could be in trouble with his seniors is apparent from reports that his name has been dropped from the list of campaigners in Karnataka ahead of the May 12 election.


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