Amidst the Tsunami of corruption which is destroying Indian economy and from which the country's minister were becoming Richie rich, and to those politicians who sees politics as the source of huge money and power, there is one cheif minister who is standing alone in the corner of that arena with nothing in his bag, and that is the chief minister of Tripura Manik Shankar.
He is the longest serving Chie Minister of Tripura. He took over the reins of power in tiny landlock Northeastern state hemmed in by the Bangladesh in the year 1998. As per the affidavit submitted by the Tripura Chief Minister, a post Sarkar holds for four consecutive terms, during filing of nomination for the Dhanpur constituency in the last Assembly election in January, he had Rs 1,080 cash in hand.
His bank balance stood at just Rs 9,720, as per the affidavit. and his monthly salary was Rs. 9200 which is perhaps the lowest in the country. Sarkar's personal property, movable and immovable, is valued at less than Rs 2.5 lakh - an amount woefully shy of the multi-crore rupees worth of property some of the country's chief minister possess. Talking about his humble abode which is measured to be built on just 432 sq.ft. With a tin shed structure from his mother Anjali Sarkar.
The tag of being 'poor' may be seen as embarrassment to many people but to Manik Sarkar, he takes it as the appreciation, and really enjoys that.The Chief Minister sets the example for other ministers who are engage in corruption and other malpractices in the country, and who gets embarrassed by their 'poor tag' .