Tripura Minister Groped Colleague While Sharing Stage With PM Modi

Tripura Minister Groped Colleague While Sharing Stage With PM Modi

Tripura Minister Groped Colleague While Sharing Stage With PM Modi 

New Delhi: A minister of Tripura was seen groping a female ministerial colleague on stage in the presence of PM Modi. This incident has triggered a huge controversy, with opposition demanding that he be fired and charged with sexual harassment.

On Monday, Tripura's opposition Left Front demanded that Monoj Kanti Deb, the minister be sacked for "touching" the woman in an "indecent manner" during a rally in Agartala on Saturday that was also attended by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb.

The authenticity of the video cannot be verified.

The minister, when contacted had declined to comment on the incident. However, the Bhartiya Janata Party dismissed the charge, hitting out at the Left Front for "character assassination".

"Monoj 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 left leader said that it appeared publicly on various social media websites that Mr Deb put his hand on the waist of Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Santana Chakma, a young tribal leader.

Mr Dhar said, "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."

The leader also accused that since the BJP-led government came to power in Tripura, an increasing number of women are being raped, murdered and kidnapped.

Other local parties in Tripura are also planning protests soon to demand the resignation and arrest of the minister.

The Manoj Kanti Deb, who holds the Food, Youth Affairs and Sports portfolios, when contacted for the response, told news agency IANS over phone from his hometown Kamalpur in northern Tripura that he did not want to comment on the incident.

However, Nabendu Bhattacharjee,the spokesperson of BJP said that the Left Front, after raising up "non-issues" against the BJP government, has now "started character assassination of BJP ministers on false and non-issue matters".

"The woman minister has never made any statement and complaint on the issue raised by the Left parties. Why are the Left parties doing this dirty politics?" he asked.

(With inputs from IANS)