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Guwahati, August 1: At a time when the opposition parties are training guns on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb once again stoked controversy by making contradicting statements against his party.
The BJP CM described the citizenship issue as “not a big issue for Assam”.
“There is no demand for NRC in Tripura. Everything is in place in Tripura. Everyone in the State had valid papers. I don’t feel it is a sensitive issue in Assam. I think this is not a big issue even for Assam. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ji is capable of managing it while some people are trying to create panic,” Deb said in Nagpur on Tuesday.
It may be noted that the Rajya Sabha on Monday and Tuesday saw repeated disruptions and adjournments over the draft NRC. The House witnessed heated arguments between the members of the ruling party and opposition in the last two days.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on Monday. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
It may be mentioned that the 46-year-old chief minister had earlier triggered controversies and was brutally roasted on social networking sites when he said that “Internet and satellite communication existed even during the Mahabharata era”.
He also questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997 and said that she was “not an Indian beauty like Aishwarya Rai”.
The next blooper stated that the graduates shouldn’t run after government jobs and instead start paan shops. Deb also suggested that young men should breed cows and explore a career in dairy and mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services, but civil engineers should.
Deb led the BJP to victory in the 2018 Legislative Assembly Election, defeating 25 years rule of the Left Front government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).