Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today appealed to the "indigenous" people of the state to forget the communist legacy of the CPI(M) and embrace "democracy loving monarchs" who had worked for the welfare for all.
"There was an effort to make people forget our kings and remember Stalin and Lenin. Who knows who they are? Does any indigenous person know about them? What will happen by knowing about them?" Deb asked the audience.
"Manikya kings were democracy-loving monarchs. Tripura did not have any oppressive rule like the Czarist regime in Russia," he said.
"Maharaja Bir Bikram's thoughts are still relevant for the development of the indigenous people. So, forget them (Stalin and Lenin)," Deb said.
"Maharaja Bir Bikram was a rare personality. We are thankful to the Manikya kings because they were benevolent and made contributions in education including setting up the Maharaja Bir Bikram College and Maharani Tulsibati School. The Agartala airport was also built on the land donated by the Maharaja," Deb said.
Deb praised state Finance Minister Jishnu Devvarma, hailing from the royal family, for preparing a 'bold' budget.
"Kings of Tripura exploited the people...We severely oppose renaming of the airport after such a king and demand to name it after leaders who developed democratic Tripura into a modern state," state Trinamool chief Ashish Lal Singh said.
Singh, the son of the state's first chief minister Late Sachindra Lal Singha, demanded that the airport be named after any chief minister as was done in Assam and Odisha where airports were named after Gopinath Bordoloi and Biju Patnaik respectively.
He also mentioned names of other chief ministers such as Sukhamoy Sengupta of the Congress and Nripen Chakraborty and Dasharath Deb of the CPI(M).
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