COVER STORY

People like Sitaram Yechury should not accuse us of violence

Chief Minister-designate Biplab Deb to THE WEEK

37-biplab-deb Biplab Deb

ON HIS VISION FOR TRIPURA

Good governance and development. I will implement PM Modi ’ s development agenda of ‘ Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas ’ . I will take every section of society along with me. We will rebuild the state from scratch. Many investors have started calling me, because they want to invest in Tripura. The BJP-ruled states have no problems in attracting investments, and Tripura from now on will be an investor-friendly state.

ON MEETING MANIK SARKAR AFTER VICTORY

I met Manik babu, because on a personal level, I like and respect him. I have been taught to respect elders. The more you bow down in victory, the better. Even great political thinkers like Chanakya have taught us the same.

ON VIOLENCE IN THE STATE AFTER THE BJP CAME TO POWER

There was no violence in the state as projected by the CPI(M). They are purposely trying to tarnish our image. People like Sitaram Yechury should not accuse the BJP of violence, when we are not involved in it. In the past, CPI(M) workers have created all kinds of problems in Tripura.

It was Manik Sarkar who was the caretaker chief minister at the time of the recent violence. Ask him. He and his government machinery should have contained the violence. They did nothing, and were mere spectators.