A video clip of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has gone viral on social media on his 25th birthday, where he was seen talking about his political career that might be jeopardized by the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) revision issue.
In the clip, Deb is heard saying that his chief ministerial post will be threatened if NRC is implemented in Tripura as his father and relatives had come from Bangladesh and availed citizenship in India.
"My father came from Bangladesh. He has got his citizenship card…After that, I was born in Tripura. Thus, if I implement NRC in my state, I will be the first one to suffer by losing my Chief Ministership…… Am I a fool to do that?" Deb is seen saying in the video clip released on on 25 November.
The clip was widely shared on Facebook, Twitter and different social media platforms, producing mixed comments from netizens. Some were seen in support of him and some others were critical of his statement.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the CM's media advisor Sanjay Mishra said that the video was taken out of context for political reasons.
The video clip is an extract of a press conference by the Chief Minister at Raiganj and Kaliyaganj in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal, where he went on a bye-election campaign two days ago.
Last year, Deb had said that Tripura will only implement NRC if it is successful in Assam.
Over 19 lakh were excluded from the list published on 31st August 2019 with detention centers set up in Assam and West Bengal.
However, Deb's parents, both Haradhan Deb and Meena Rani Deb, moved to India from the Kachua upazila of Chandpur district in Bangladesh, during the 1971 war.
According to the statement issued by the Tripura CM's Office, Biplab Deb was born in Jamjuri village, of Gomati district in Tripura, on November 25, 1971.