21 - 02 - 2019

Biplab Deb does 45 push-ups on stage during an event

Agartala, Oct 6,2018:Unlike some of the BJP leaders including Union ministers Rajyavardhan Rathore and Kiren Rijiju, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb is not known to be a fitness freak. Biblab Deb has been hitting national headlines mainly for his habit of shooting off his mouth. But on the stage of India Today Conclave East 2018 in Kolkata Biplab Deb won applauds for his fitness.

When Biplab Deb was prompted by Conclave East 2018 moderator and India Today Managing Editor Rahul Kanwal, the Tripura chief minister accepted the challenge to do 45 push-ups in one go. Biplab Deb had earlier accepted the fitness challenge after being nominated by Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.

Having been in the news for his bizarre claims challenging theories of science, Biplab Deb said that he regularly did exercise to keep himself physically fit. The Tripura chief minister said that he could do around 150 push-ups in 10-15 minutes. Pat came the challenge to prove his claim.

The audience in Kolkata too asked Biplab Deb to prove his fitness level by doing 45 push-ups at one stretch. The offer also went to Union minister Babul Supriyo, who was in the audience. But while Babul Supriyo refused to show his fitness level, Biplab Deb did the push-ups with the audience doing the count.

As Biplab Deb finished doing push-ups, the audience at the Conclave 2018 gave a standing ovation to the Tripura chief minister. Not many chief ministers in India can boast of a physical fitness level as of Biplab Deb.

Just before Biplab Deb did those push-ups on the stage, he outlined drug abuse as the major problem of Tripura. Biplab Deb said that 50,000 kg of marijuana had been seized in Tripura. He said that marijuana was being cultivated in Tripura illegally.

Biplab Deb said that marijuana cultivated in Tripura is sold to Myanmar and many states of India through a mafia network.