New Delhi: Even as the nation finds itself in nationalistic fervor in the wake of the tensions post the terror attack on the Uri brigade with Pakistan, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is embroiled in a controversy for passing an anti-national remark.
His remark on India’s big brother attitude towards its neighbours has not only sparked controversy in Tripura but in West Bengal as well.
The protests that began in Tripura on 25 September after BJP and Trinamool Congress workers burnt effigies of Sarkar, soon spread over to West Bengal which also witnessed similar protests.
<em>The Sentinel, an English Daily published from Guwahati reports that more than a hundred effigies of the Tripura Chief Minister were burnt in the state.
The newspaper report said that BJP workers also demonstrated in front of CPM’s state party office in Kolkata by burning Sarkar’s effigy. Similar protests were held in various parts of West Bengal.
Sarkar in the Connect North-East Summit held in Agartala last week, allegedly said, "India should not play a big brother with its neighbours." The summit also hosted delegates from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Russia and Myanmar.
Trinamool Congress even likened the Tripura Chief Minister with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and burnt their effigies together. A spokesperson of the party reportedly said that Sarkar actually was serving Sharif’s purpose and hence they decided to put their effigies together.
“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,” Sudip Roy Barman of Trinamool Congress Party told The Indian Express.