New Delhi, April 29: Clarifying his recent remark on the mechanical engineers, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb on Sunday said he never meant that mechanical engineers should not go for civil services. He said that in his view civil engineers are better suited for civil services than mechanical engineers.

 “I didn’t say mechanical engineers mustn’t go for civil service. I said that civil engineers should join civil services as they have experience about administration: #Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb on his statement that mechanical engineer should not go for civil services,”  a news agency ANI reported Biplab Deb as saying.

Deb had stoked a controversy by saying that after pursuing mechanical engineering one should not go for civil services. Instead, civil engineers should join civil services as they have the knowledge and experience to help build administration and society. (Also read: Tripura CM Biplab Deb Asks Educated Youth to Get Self-employed Instead of Running After Politicians For Govt Jobs)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned Biplab Deb to New Delhi on May 2 for his random remarks. However, this is not the first time Deb had courted controversy with his remarks. Earlier on April 27, the Tripura CM had raised a question on the rationale behind crowning Diana Hayden ‘Miss World’ 21 years ago. He had also claimed that the international beauty pageants were a farce and the results were all predetermined.

“Whoever contested the international beauty pageants won. For five consecutive years, we won the Miss World/Miss Universe awards. Diana Hayden won it too. Do you think she should have won the title?” Deb had said adding,”Indian beauty should ideally look like Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. Diana Hayden did not deserve to win the Miss World crown. Actually, it was part of a fixed plan, which was hatched keeping in mind the interests of the international market. Aishwarya Rai’s victory was well deserved as she represents the quintessential Indian woman.”

Earlier this month, Deb, an arts graduate, had claimed that Internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata, which had drawn criticism from Twitterati, intellectuals and his political adversaries. Watch this space for further updates.