Tripura’s communist CM plays ‘chupan chupai’ with Gov

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Tripura, CM Manik Sarkar, Tripura Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Ranjan, Tripura DGP, Akhil Kumar Shukla, Governor Tathagata Roy, BJP, Union Home Ministry

A section of Tripura’s media on Tuesday and Wednesday reported that state CM Manik Sarkar had asked Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and Director General of Police (DGP) Akhil Kumar Shukla not to heed Governor Tathagata Roy’s direction for a meeting with them.

The state is scheduled to face the assembly election this year.

The Governor and Chief Minister’s secretariats remained silent on the reported direction of the CM to the CS and the DGP while ruling and opposition parties accused each other and the Governor.

Sunil Deodhar, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) National Executive member and the party’s observer for Tripura, said in a statement: “The Governor recently wanted them (Chief Secretary and DGP) to meet with him whereas Chief Minister personally prohibited them. So far, this is a rare instance in Tripura. The Governor has taken up the issue with the Union Home Ministry.”

“The Chief Minister met the Governor on 29 December and discussed the current situation of the state… answers of the Chief Minister failed to satisfy the Governor. Thereafter, the Governor desired that the Chief Secretary and the DGP meet him. The Chief Minister barred the officers from going to the Governor’s House. This sudden development created an uproar in the administrative and political circles of the state,” Deodhar said in his statement.

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