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Tripura CM Summoned by PM Modi Over Controversial Remarks?

An official from Biplab Deb’s office, however, refuted the reports of him being summoned by the Prime Minister

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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has been summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his fresh salvo of controversial remarks, reported NDTV.

Deb will reportedly meet PM Modi and party chief Amit Shah on 2 May after a spate of controversial comments that triggered widespread criticism since he took charge of the state.

Deb had stated that the Internet and satellite communication existed during the Mahabharata era. He also questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997.

The Chief Minister also stated that mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services, but civil engineers should.

On Sunday, 29 April, he also said that the educated youth should set up ‘paan shops’ instead of running after political parties to get government jobs. He also asked youth to explore a career in the dairy field and keep cows.

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However, according to IANS, an official from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) refuted the reports of Deb being summoned by the PM calling them baseless and said that the meet was scheduled 20 days back.

Deb will reportedly be in Delhi for four days in the first week of May to attend various meetings including an event on "Gram Swaraj" at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On 3 May, the Chief Minister will meet various Union Ministers regarding issues of development of the state, he said, adding that the next day, Deb will be attending a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj where all his Chief Ministers from the other northeastern states will also be present.

Recently, during an interaction with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs and MLAs through the Narendra Modi mobile app, the Prime Minister had advised BJP leaders not to give "masala" to the media by getting into every issue as soon as they saw camerapersons, saying such "mistakes" affect the country, party and the individual's image.

He had also suggested to the party leaders not to blame the media for reporting their statements as due to their own mistakes, the real issue gets diverted.

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