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CM On ‘Recovery Track’

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb, believed to be enjoying the confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, seemed to have miffed the BJP leadership recently with his announcement to hold a public meeting to “seek people’s mandate” amid strife in the party. Now he is on a “recovery” track, said party sources. According to sources, he has been advised to improve ties with state leaders and local media. Participating in a media conference in Agartala recently, Biplab Deb said, “There was so much controversy over my one statement and I want to say sorry if my words have hurt anyone.” “As a chief minister everyone has a right on me and I have a right on every one. If someone has been defamed, dishonoured because of my statement, then I would ask them to forget it”, he added. On the other hand inner party troubles are also on recovery track. Obviously by direction of the party leadership. Earlier, Deb had announced he would seek ‘public opinion’ on December 13 about his continuation as chief minister of the state as he was deeply pained when a group of people chanted slogans like “Biplab Hatao, BJP Bachao (Unseat Biplab, Save BJP)” “Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao (Unseat Biplab, Save Tripura)” during the visit of BJP central observer (Prabhari) Vinod Sonkar at state guesthouse. Later, deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma told reporters, “All the MLAs and ministers held a meeting with the chief minister and held a talk with Jagat Prakash Nadda and Vinod Sonkar, and urged Deb to cancel the ‘public opinion’ programme on December 13.” “There may be some genuine issues about Deb’s style of functioning, but such issues have to be resolved behind closed doors in a disciplined manner so that the interests and image of the party do not suffer” said a senior state BJP functionary.

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