Agartala, Jun 1: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Friday night dropped health minister Sudip Roy Barman from the government.Roy Barman was removed from the cabinet exactly after a week of the removal of chief secretary L K Gupta. He has been accused of opposing Chief Minister Deb and criticising the government on several occasions that made the CM embarrassed.
The first difference between the chief minister and health minister surfaced last year when Roy Barman had convened a meeting of all block level officers and executives of the city and towns on drinking water and sanitation without consulting Deb. Finally, with the instruction of Deb, his principal secretary and present in-charge CS Kumar Alok had stopped the field level officers to attend the meeting at the eleventh hour by SMS.
Roy Barman, however, openly criticised Alok accusing him of misguiding the chief minister to create difference in the cabinet and had termed him as 'black sheep' in the administration.
As follow up , the chief minister had reviewed the activities of the departments Roy Barman was holding without inviting the minister concerned several times. Gradually, talking terms between the chief minister and Roy Barman narrowed down to most formal and occasional. The chief minister was informed that Sudip has been working against the chief minister and BJP. Despite being the committee member of the party for West Tripura Lok Sabha seat, Roy Barman was hardly seen in election campaign and holding political meeting.
Dropping of Sudip Roy Barman from the cabinet evoked mixed response within the party as well as in the opposition. The senior party leaders did not want to make any comment on the development while a number of BJP MLAs expressed displeasure over the action. Opposition Congress and CPI (M) sharply criticised the chief minister saying it reflected the undemocratic attitude that hampers the development of the state.
Meanwhile, Roy Barman declined to make any reaction on his removal and the allegations but said cabinet is the prerogative of the chief minister. (UNI)