- Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb says he has accepted fitness challenge
- Have asked sports minister for funds for sports in Tripura, he said
- "Development doesn't mean only industries," he said
PM Modi had reportedly claimed that he had a 56-inch chest during his campaign before the 2014 general election to lash out at the incompetence of his opponents.
Mr Deb said he himself had accepted Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's fitness challenge and tweeted that he does 20 push-ups.
"I could do 20 more. Youths will feel good and fresh if they give 20, 30, 40 push-ups every morning," he said.
Mr Deb said he has requested the union sports minister to provide more funds to develop sports infrastructure in Tripura.
Mr Rathore, he said, agreed to develop a sports complex and sought 17 acres which would include all necessary facilities for sports.
Mr Deb said his government would work to further develop sports infrastructure in Tripura and called for Khelo Tripura, Sustho Thako Tripura (Play Tripura, Stay Healthy Tripura).
He said sports stars should be involved in annual sports events of schools and other programmes to encourage promising talents across the state.
Sports and Youth Affairs minister Manoj Kanti Deb said stress would be laid on Kabaddi, Judo, basketball, and football and other sports and expressed hopes of holding the National Games in the state in the future.