After questioning the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997, Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb expressed regret.
"I was talking about how the handlooms of the state could be marketed well. If anybody is hurt or feeling defamed, I regret for this... I respect all women as my mother," he told reporters.
Deb was recently in the news for his internet in the Mahabharata era comment. He once again landed himself in controversy when he questioned the rationale behind Diana Hayden's win in the beauty pageant. He had said he failed to understand the "process of judgment" of the crowning of the Miss World contest in 1997, in which Hayden won the award.