Tripura BJP Minister Gropes Woman Colleague While Sharing Stage With PM Modi
Tribal parties are reportedly organising protests to demand the resignation and arrest of Manoj Kanti Deb.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Manoj Kanti Deb, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister from Tripura was seen groping a female ministerial colleague — social education minister Santana Chakma — on stage in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Agartala. Chief minister Biplab Deb was also present at the event.
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As per reports, this incident has led to mass political outrage in the state and the opposition Left Front has even demanded that Deb is sacked and charged with sexual harassment.
“Manoj Kanti Deb must be sacked and be arrested for touching the woman minister in an extremely indecent manner on the stage from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and others addressed the public gathering,” Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told the media. “The male minister has publicly harmed the modesty, sanctity and dignity of the lone woman minister of Tripura at a public platform where the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and other important personalities were present,” he added.
While the BJP has, of course, shrugged off the claims and called it “character assassination of BJP ministers on false and non-issue matters”, Dhar said that it is clear from the viral video that Deb, who holds the Food, Youth Affairs and Sports portfolios, put his hand on the waist of the young tribal leader.
Dhar, a central committee member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), as per IANS also alleged that rapes, murders and kidnapping of women have increased in the state since the BJP-led government came to power in Tripura 11 months ago.
As per News18, some tribal parties are also trying to organise agitations to demand the resignation and arrest of the minister.