File photo of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has opened his mouth and put his foot in it, yet again.
He has now said civil engineers are better suited for the civil services than mechanical engineers.
"Those who are from a mechanical engineering background should not opt for civil services. Society has to be built up. Civil engineers have this knowledge... Because those in the administration have to build society," Deb said in Agartala.
Earlier, arts graduates use to appear for the civil services examination and now, medical and engineering graduates are also joining the services, he said.
Deb said civil service officers should be all-rounders as "people who are expert in all disciplines have the highest demand".
To drive his point home, he cited the examples of Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.
"People take names of special players such as Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. Dev's bowling was good, but batting was also excellent. This is the age of speciality. All-rounders are accorded highest priority," Deb said.
Deb recently said Diana Hayden, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1997, did not represent Indian women.
Aishwarya Rai, on the other hand, he said did.
Before that he had said internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of the Mahabharata.
His comments all came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told BJP leaders not to comment on everything under the sun and give the media "masala".
(With inputs from PTI)