PM Modi meets Manik Sarkar and Tripura Cabinet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Tripura to inaugurate a 726 mega-watt gas based thermal power project, met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his Cabinet.

The meeting marks the warm relationship between the CPM-ruled Tripura and BJP-ruled Centre.

The Tripura Chief Minister had invited PM Narendra Modi to address the State Cabinet on the issue of good governance giving weightage to Modi's brand of politics of development.

Ever since Narendra Modi took the reins of the country, he has been stressing on good Centre-State relationship to take India on the path of growth and development. Modi has made his agenda for the country clear: When the States develop, the nation will develop. The Prime Minister has maintained that political affiliation will never come on the way of Centre-State relationship.

Sarkar, a polit bureau member of the CPM, is leading the sole surviving Marxist regime in the country. He has been the Chief Minister of Tripura since 1998.

Manik Sarkar is billed as the poorest Chief Minister of India. He donates his Chief Minister's salary and allowances to his party, which pays him Rs 5000 as subsistence allowances. In his affidavit to the Election Commission, Sarkar had declared Rs 1,080 in cash and Rs 9,720 in bank balance.

'What is wrong in inviting the PM to meet the Ministers of my Cabinet? Every State has its own specific problems, characteristics, advantages, disadvantages – the decision is for every respective State to take on its own,' Sarkar was quoted as saying by IBN.

On Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), Sarkar said, 'Who doesn’t like to see a clean country? Everybody likes to see a clean country.'

In August, the Tripura Chief Minister had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Courtesy Niti Central


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