AGARTALA, Aug 3 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb once again faces trouble over his nationality with a section of Face Book users branding him a citizen of Bangladesh.
Referring his deep roots in neighbouring Bangladesh, some FB users have launched a scathing attack saying, �Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb is a citizen of Bangladesh and that�s why there is no NRC in Tripura.�
According to another post, �Biplab Deb was born on November 25, 1971 in Kachua Upazilla, Chandpur of Bangladesh. After shifting to India, he spent his childhood days in Tripura, completing his graduation from Tripura University before leaving for Delhi to join RSS�.
�The information on Biplab Deb spread through social media is not totally correct as far as my knowledge goes. It is true Biplab Deb has deep roots in Bangladesh but he was born at Jamjuri, an obscure village of Gomati district�s Udaipur subdivision on November 25, 1971. At the time of his birth, his father and other family members were in Bangladesh�s Kachua�, said Tapas Dey, a former Congress MLA of Salgarh Assembly constituency. The incumbent Chief Minister�s birth place falls under the constituency.
�Although I am a bit confused, but it appears his mother Mina Rani Deb might have conceived him while the family was in Bangladesh. But he was born in Indian soil. The family later settled here during the days of Bangladesh War�, Dey recounted.
The trouble for the CM doesn�t end here as father�s nationality is an all-important document to get Indian citizenship under the Indian Citizenship Act. And it is true, Deb�s family had migrated to Jamjuri area of Gomati district before Indira-Mojib pact came into force on March 24, 1997.
However, neither CPI (M) nor Congress have raised any question on the nationality of the incumbent Chief Minister.
�The NRC is totally a political issue raised by the BJP-led Government at the Centre as it has failed to keep its promises to the countrymen�, a senior Congress leader said here on Friday.
Former Minister and CPI (M) central committee member Badal Chowdhury had criticised the draft NRC publication. �Lakhs of people in Assam are out of the draft NRC list though they have spent substantial period of 30-40 years in Indian soil�, he said.