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Tripura's Marxist CM invites Modi to address his Cabinet

In an unexpected turn of events, Marxist Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, on Sunday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the state Cabinet.

Modi is currently on a tour of Northeast states of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Nagaland and he is yet to accept Sarkar's invitation. Sarkar said that he wants Modi to address the state cabinet on good governance.

Sarkar is a politburo member of CPM and he is in power in Tripura since 1988. The chief minister is credited with single-handedly leading the Left to an impressive win in the 2013 Assembly elections despite all odds.

The prime minister will arrive in Agartala at around 1:30 pm today. During his visit to the state, Modi will inaugurate 726 mw power plant constructed by ONGC-Tripura Power Company Ltd at Palatana.

On Sunday, Modi pledged to work for the development of the northeast region, and assured the people of Assam that the land swap deal with Bangladesh will help in stopping the illegal immigrants front Bangladesh to enter India.

"I know the sentiments of the people of Assam. I assure you that I am going to use the proposed land swap deal for the benefit of Assam. I am going to make such arrangements that the land swap deal with Bangladesh benefits Assam," he said.