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Forget communists & embrace "democracy loving monarchs": Tripura CM to people

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

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 and Who knows who they are? Does any indigenous person know about them? What will happen by knowing about them?" asked the audience.

He was addressing an event organised by the BJP to thank the Centre for renaming the after Maharaja Birbikram Kishore Manikya, the last ruler of princely

"Manikya kings were democracy-loving monarchs. did not have any oppressive rule like the Czarist regime in Russia," he said.

said all indigenous people should have images of Maharaja Bir Bikram at their homes and know that he was the of modern Tripura.

"Maharaja Bir Bikram's thoughts are still relevant for the development of the indigenous people. So, forget them (and Lenin)," Deb said.

The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history in March by winning the polls with two-thirds majority, ending 25 years of rule of the led by the (Marxist).

Just days after the was defeated, two statues of were brought down in district. The CPI(M) had accused the BJP for the incidents.

"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 and The was also built on the land donated by the Maharaja," Deb said.

Deb praised Jishnu Devvarma, hailing from the royal family, for preparing a 'bold' budget.

He thanked and for renaming the and said the move respected aspirations of 37 lakh people of Tripura.

The airport was constructed in 1942 on land donated by the Maharaja, an official statement said in on July 4 after the approved the renaming.

Meanwhile, the Tripura unit of the Trinamool opposed the renaming of the airport after the

"Kings of Tripura exploited the people...We severely oppose renaming of the airport after such a and demand to name it after leaders who developed democratic Tripura into a modern state," said.

Singh, the son of the state's first Late Sachindra Lal Singha, demanded that the airport be named after any as was done in 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 and Nripen Chakraborty and Dasharath Deb of the CPI(M).

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 21:10 IST