FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, Sept 29: Opposition political parties have intensified their attack against Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for his much publicized ‘big brother’ comment which they are considering as against the country’s interest.
The Chief Minister had made this controversial comment in ‘Connect North-east summit’, organized here last week when he said ‘India should not play as big brother with its neighbours’. Later he defended his stand when it was raised in the state assembly.
The opposition parties took serious exception as apart from dignitaries from the region many delegates from foreign countries like Bangladsh, Mayanmar, Bhutan and Japan were also present in the summit.
Bharatiya Jata Party took the lead in fomenting the anger against the Chief Minister and organising protest rallies throughout the state and over one hundred effigies of the Chief Minister has already been burnt in different places. BJP state president Biplab Deb said this agitation will continue until he resigns.
They did not keep it confined within the state only and made it a big issue in West Bengal too. The BJP workers demonstrated in front of the CPI (M) state committee office in Kolkata and burnt the effigies of Manik Sarkar in several places of the state.
The Trimool Congress also is not lagging behind as the party has instructed all its local level committees to organize demonstration against the comment of Sarkar. At Orient Choumuhani in Agartala they went one step forward and put one more effigy beside him that is of Pakistan Prime Minister waz Sarif. A spokesman of the party said Manik Sarkar is actually serving the purpose of waz Sarif so we have decided to put them together.
The Congress workers demonstrated in front of the Chief Minister’s official residence and burnt his effigy. Leader of the Congress Legislative Party Gopal Roy in a press conference said making such ‘anti-tiol’ comment sitting in a constitutiol post is totally ucceptable and he should resign or be removed.