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India "Wave Of Happiness In Tripura," Says Biplab Deb, Asked About Mob Killings

09:10  06 july  2018
09:10  06 july  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

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Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb ’s answer to a reporter’s question about a series of lynchings by mobs in the state has landed him in a controversy again. “There is a wave of joy in Tripura and you should also enjoy this wave.

Biplab Deb (File photo). Tripura 's first BJP chief minister Biplab Deb is in the national capital as he sets out to deliver on Q: Let’s begin with asking about your difficult ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which has reached Delhi before you and are still demanding a separate Twipraland?

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb, whose gaffes, one after the other, embarrassed the BJP in the last few months, scored a big zero for his response on mob violence that swallowed four lives in the state.

Four men were killed in four separate mob attacks last week in Tripura, over rumours that kidnappers were out on streets hunting for children to sell their organs. Similar attacks were reported from Assam, Manipur, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

When Mr Deb was asked about his government's action plan to contain the menace of mob lynchings merely on suspicion spread through social media, he said, "Tripura mein ek anand ka leher chala hua hai. Aap bhi is leher ko upbhog kijiye. Aap ko anand aana chaiye... mera chehra dekhiye... mujhe kitni khushi ho rahi hai. yeh sarkar janta ka sarkar hai, janta action legi (I think that you all should think that today there is a wave of happiness in Tripura. You should also enjoy this happiness wave and you will also become happy. Look at my face, how happy I am. It's people's government and people will take action."

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Biplab Kumar Deb (born 25 November 1971) is an Indian politician from Tripura and the current Chief Minister of Tripura . He has been the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

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He was referring to the newly renamed Agartala airport as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, after the former king. 

His nonchalance stunned the reporters who were expecting a promise of strict action against the attackers and a policy to counter the danger.

The rumours began when an 11-year-old boy, Purna Biswas, was found dead near his house in state capital Agartala on June 26. There was talk that his kidney had been cut out, and soon it made its way into a local newspaper. 

In the next 48 hours, rumours fuelled four mob attacks in which four were killed.

Among those killed was Sukanta Chakraborty, who was thrashed, stripped and clubbed until he died. The mob was convinced he was out to kidnap children for the organ trade. Sukanta Chakraborty was in fact an artist hired by the police to spread awareness and caution people against fake news. He was travelling to villages with a policeman, who failed to stop the mob attack.

The 48-year-old chief minister had earlier triggered controversies when he said that "Internet and satellite communication existed during the Mahabharata era".

Then he questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997, saying she was "not an Indian beauty like Aishwarya Rai".

The next blooper stated that mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services, but civil engineers should.

"Graduates shouldn't run after government jobs, they should start paan shop instead," also came out of his quiver.

He also suggested that young men should breed cows and explore a career in dairy.

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