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No rule of law in Tripura now: Veteran minister of Biplab’s cabinet

According to a report, hundreds of people waved black flags and shouted ‘go back” slogans after Debbarma had reached the community hall at Takarjala yesterday

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Agartala: Upset with the attack on him in his own constituency Takarjala, near Agartala senior-most minister of Biplab Kumar Deb’s cabinet in Tripura, Revenue Minister and chief of BJP’s alliance partner IPFT N C Debbarma Thursday criticised the state government on law and order issue.

According to a report, hundreds of people waved black flags and shouted ‘go back” slogans after Debbarma had reached the community hall at Takarjala yesterday afternoon to address a party meeting of IPFT. This was his first visit to the constituency after zeroing down in the autonomous district council (ADC) election last month.

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The IPFT blamed royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman’s party TIPRA Motha for the incident and alleged that the crowd was politically motivated. When Debbarma was interacting with his party leaders inside the hall people had started gathering there and suddenly voiced slogans against N C Debbarma and his party raising black flags, police said.

Somehow police put up barricades to thwart the crowd and rescued the minister from the hall. The people abused Debbarma and chased his convoy for a few kilometres. They alleged that IPFT was voted to power by the tribals in 2018 believing the commitment of BJP and IPFT that Tripura would see an exemplary development but in three years it all appeared farce.

“N C Debbarma sought a vote saying that once IPFT gets into the government there will be Tipraland and the development of ADC area will be at par with other cities of the country. Youths will be given jobs and industries would be set up for a vibrant development but now the situation of tribal people has become worse. Joblessness, hunger and criminal activities become a daily routine of the state that irritates the locals,” Jai Kishore Debbarma, a resident of the locality said.

However, Debbarma told the media, “There is no rule of law in Tripura now. In 85 years of my life, I had never come across such a situation where police became helpless before the political crowd. Raising a voice against anybody or criticising any minister is a democratic right of the citizens but it should not be violent and abusive. I am really upset to face the situation.”

The minister said, “This cannot continue in a democratic set-up. This is clear hooliganism, the law and order situation has stooped to a new low in the state. Not as a minister, as a responsible citizen of the state, I am urging the home department of the state to take stern actions and restore normalcy in the system. It’s a clear reflection of anarchy in the governance.”

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