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AGARTALA, July 12, 2018: Trinamul Congress of Tripura unit has opposed renaming of Agartala airport after the last king Maharaja Bir Bik-ram Kishore Manikya who ruled the state and had demanded the airport to be named after one of the leaders or chief ministers who had contributed for the state's development.
In a media conference on Wednesday, president of Trinamul Congress, Ashish Lal Singh said, "The kings of Tripura exploited people of the state and did not pay any heed to them. We strongly oppose renaming of the airport after such kings and demand that it be named after leaders, including chief ministers, who developed Tripura into a modern democratic state".
Singh said under his father Sachindra Lal Singha, who was the first chief minister of the state, Tripura became a full-fledged state from Union territory status. He said the airport can be named after other chief ministers such as Sukhomoy Sengupta, Nripen Chakraborty and Dasharath Deb and former ministers like Raj Prasad Choudhury and Bimal Sinha.
"There are many institutions, including schools and colleges, which have been named after the kings," Singh said. He said in Assam and Odisha the airports are named after their chief minister Gopinath Bordoloi and Biju Patnaik.
Royal scion of Tripura, Dhruba Kishore Debbarman said,"No king ever exploited anybody. This is a false claim."
Source: The Telegraph
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