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Tripura CM evades query on NRC issue

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SILCHAR, Sept 29 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, known for his unusual comments, on Sunday ignored questions on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) or the possibilities of updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his state, saying he was in Silchar only to listen to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

As a part of his two-day visit, Deb reached Silchar on Sunday afternoon and headed for Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya where Bhagwat would interact with RSS functionaries coming from different places of the North East.

Bhagwat, who is here on a three-day visit, had interacted with RSS office bearers and leading citizens and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Rajiv Bhawan on Saturday.

Asked about the rejection of documents based in Tripura by the NRC authorities in the state, Deb said, �I have nothing to say now. Instead of speaking on any issue, I have come here to listen to Bhagwat ji and seek his blessings.�

In reply to a question on the possibility of Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, a member of Tripura�s royal family, joining the BJP after his resignation from the Congress a few days ago, the Chief Minister said, �Anyone who loves Tripura and its people is welcome into the BJP fold. We believe in �Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas�. Personally, I have tremendous respect for Debbarma. However, whether he joins the BJP or not rests on his own wish and the party.�

When asked whether the BJP would face any challenge if the sole heir to the Manikya dynasty forms another party, Deb laughed, saying, �we shall see if and when it happens.�

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Tripura CM evades query on NRC issue

SILCHAR, Sept 29 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, known for his unusual comments, on Sunday ignored questions on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) or the possibilities of updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his state, saying he was in Silchar only to listen to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

As a part of his two-day visit, Deb reached Silchar on Sunday afternoon and headed for Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya where Bhagwat would interact with RSS functionaries coming from different places of the North East.

Bhagwat, who is here on a three-day visit, had interacted with RSS office bearers and leading citizens and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Rajiv Bhawan on Saturday.

Asked about the rejection of documents based in Tripura by the NRC authorities in the state, Deb said, �I have nothing to say now. Instead of speaking on any issue, I have come here to listen to Bhagwat ji and seek his blessings.�

In reply to a question on the possibility of Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, a member of Tripura�s royal family, joining the BJP after his resignation from the Congress a few days ago, the Chief Minister said, �Anyone who loves Tripura and its people is welcome into the BJP fold. We believe in �Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas�. Personally, I have tremendous respect for Debbarma. However, whether he joins the BJP or not rests on his own wish and the party.�

When asked whether the BJP would face any challenge if the sole heir to the Manikya dynasty forms another party, Deb laughed, saying, �we shall see if and when it happens.�