Controversial Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb, like on many occasions, has stroked yet another controversy.
But this time, what the Tripura chief minister said, has raised a very important question.
Is democracy in India at stake?
Speaking at the biennial conference of Tripura Civil Service Officers’ Association on Saturday, CM Biplab Deb asked bureaucrats not to worry about contempt of court cases, as “the power is in the hands of who runs the government”.
The Tripura chief minister said that it is not easy to send someone to jail because he controls the police.
Notably, CM Biplab Deb holds the home portfolio.
Biplab Deb said: “How many officers have been sent to jail on contempt of court charges so far?”
“I control the police. I want to assure all of you that I am the tiger. The power is in the hands of who runs the government,” Deb said.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties have slammed Biplab Deb for his statement, saying that the Tripura chief minister has no respect for the judiciary.
“Biplab Deb does not respect judiciary. Judiciary is the most important pillar of democracy. Democracy is at stake,” CPI-M leader Jitendra Chowdhury said.
Top Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee also slammed the Tripura chief minister for “shamelessly mocking democracy”.
Banerjee further said that Biplab Deb is a “disgrace to the entire nation”.
Abhishek Banerjee tweeted: “He shamelessly mocks Democracy, MOCKS the Hon’ble JUDICIARY and seemingly gets away with it! Will the SUPREME COURT take cognizance of his comments that reflect such grave disrespect?”
.@BjpBiplab is a DISGRACE to the entire nation!
He shamelessly mocks Democracy, MOCKS the Hon'ble JUDICIARY and seemingly gets away with it!
Will the SUPREME COURT take cognizance of his comments that reflect such grave disrespect? pic.twitter.com/0qEAdBQ54r
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) September 26, 2021