Manik Saha sworn in as Chief Minister of Tripura after Biplab Deb’s sudden resignation


Former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was present in the ceremony along with BJP MLAs and ministers. Saha, 69, took over the post after Deb abruptly resigned as chief minister on Saturday evening ahead of next year’s assembly elections.

Deb was in Delhi last Friday. Deb reached there on Thursday to discuss the party’s affairs in Tripura with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda.

Union Minister Pratima Bhowmik also attended the swearing-in ceremony.

After the oath ceremony, Saha said, “I will work for the people of Tripura while taking forward the development agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” I will pay attention to the law and order situation.

Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma and Minister Ram Prasad Paul had opposed Saha’s appointment as Chief Minister during the BJP Legislature Party meeting on Saturday. Both reached the Raj Bhavan shortly after the swearing-in ceremony was over.

Paul had publicly revolted against Saha’s appointment on Saturday, saying he would not work for the BJP.

Asked if he stood by his opposition, Paul said, “It happens sometimes. It is a democratic party. everything works. Whatever happens, happens only in discipline. I am working for the party. I am here to serve the party.

When asked about the change in the leadership of the state ahead of the assembly polls, he said, “There is no challenge.”

Legislators of the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) boycotted the event, alleging that there was “fascist-style violence” under the BJP rule in the state.

The Trinamool Congress, which is trying to make inroads in the state, claimed that the chief minister was replaced as the BJP realized that people had lost faith in the state government.

According to sources, the move comes after an analysis sent by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSSS) to the central leadership of the BJP indicated that there was a need for a change in the party and the government.

Saha, a dental surgeon who graduated from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, was a member of the opposition Congress before joining the BJP in 2016. He became the state president of BJP in 2020.

Saha, a former badminton player, is also the president of Tripura Cricket Association.

His stature in the BJP has grown due to his clean image and excellent track record, which includes leading the BJP to victory in all 13 municipal corporations in the elections held in November 2021.

According to the Indian Express report, the new Chief Minister said that he will work under the guidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the development of the state.

He said, ‘Under the leadership of Biplab Deb ji, our government has taken the state forward. We will work to continue this work, work for the people and develop under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiā€¦ Vikas, Vikas, Vikas. I will go ahead with these works. I will work to ensure a strong law and order situation.

The appointment of the party’s state president and Rajya Sabha member Saha for the chief minister’s post has taken everyone by surprise, including state ministers and BJP leaders.

During his four-year tenure as Chief Minister, there were several protests against Biplab Kumar Deb, including the slogan ‘Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao’ and the rebellion of his cabinet colleague Sudip Roy Burman, who was removed from the cabinet. was thrown out of the party.

Biplab Kumar Deb had contested Tripura Assembly elections for the first time in 2018 and became MLA from Banmalipur Assembly Constituency of Agartala by a margin of 9,549 votes. Thereafter he was elected as the Chief Minister for the first term of the BJP in Tripura.

(with input from news agency language)

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