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AGARTALA: Receiving no reply from the Chief Minister's Office till today, Tripura Leader of Opposition Sudip Roy Barman on Tuesday claimed Chief Minister Manik Sarkar made such baseless allegations against the then Brigadier of Assam Rifles –Panwar to get political mileage in the coming Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections in May. He also demanded the state government to lodge a suo motto case against the Chief Minister for his abusive remark.
"The Chief Minister made such remark prior elections to set up an opposition-free ADC. A CM cannot utter such words. He should seek apology for his statement soon. Or, we will be forced to say that he is an anti-national," the CLP leader said.
Sarkar made the statement against the AR officials saying that he held secret deal with regional political parties –Indigenous Nationalist People of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) backed by the Congress in 2000 during a rally as a part of pre-poll campaign trail held at Khumlwung.
The opposition leader demanded the Chief Minister to produce evidences before everyone till today. They have taken up the issue to New Delhi by sending copies of video tape of the Chief Minister's speech to President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and DG of Assam Rifles to reveal the abusive remark made by Sarkar. They had also informed the issue to Union Minister for State – Kiren Rijiju who sought a copy of the CD immediately.
"As he failed to give any relevant documents, it is proved that he blamed a Mr. Panwar on baseless allegations. We are also eager to know why he kept his mouth shut for the prolonged 15 years when he himself acquired the post of Chief Minister," Roy Barman Roy Barman told the media persons at a press conference held at Congress Bhawan in Agartala today.
The Chief Minister claimed that the 'secret deal' was made to restrict the Left Front from coming to power in the TTAADC elections in 2000. He also said that Panwar had a secret meeting with Debabrata Koloi. The CM added that the Assam Rifles led by Panwar was kept inactive to indirectly help the IPFT and INPT in the TTAADC elections.