Tripura CM Manik Sarkar is a popular man among the masses. With the tag of being the ‘Poorest CM in India’ working well the man enjoys quite a huge following. However these days the CM is in the news for all the wrong reasons.
What’s the hullabaloo about?
Sarkar kicked the hornets nest when he criticised India’s foreign policy before an international delegation. Sarkar had remarked in a seminar saying India was showing ‘big brotherly attitude’ towards South Asian nations thereby tarnishing the image of the country as delegates from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan and Russia were present there. To make matters worse his rhetoric sounded similar to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. And this has led all opposition parties seeking action against him.
While Trinamool Congress has sought the intervention of the governor, BJP has taken up the matter in it’s national executive council meeting at Kozhikode. Congress has raised the issue with the ministry of external affairs (MEA). The three parties have launched an agitation across the state accusing Sarkar and his party of being agents of Pakistan. TMC just didn’t stop there as they went to burn the effigy of the CM and demanded apology from him for his alleged anti-national remarks.
‘His voice corroborated the stand of Pakistan. He said it at a time, when Pakistan sponsored terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers. We demand an unqualified apology from Sarkar and demand that he withdraw the statement’, TMC leader Sudip Roy Burman said
Sarkar stands by his actions
Meanwhile Sarkar reiterated the same statement in the assembly and claimed that what he said in front of an international delegate regarding India’s attitude towards its neighbours was his right. Even other CPM ministers and MLAs argued that criticising a central government policy can’t be considered anti-national.
‘I have said our External Affairs ministry should have such an attitude that we can maintain a good relation with our neighbouring countries. We want good neighbours. India should not show any big brotherly attitude towards its neighbours. As an Indian, it is my right and I stick to my point.’, Sarkar said.
CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar and the party’s Central Committee member Gautam Das said there was nothing wrong in the statement of the Chief Minister.
‘He said our central government should not show any big brotherly attitude. We do not find anything wrong in it,” the two leaders told a press conference. India should open dialogue with Pakistan to solve unresolved issues including Kashmir. Though we are of the view that Kashmir is an integral part of India,’ they said.