Tripura: Biplab Kumar Deb resigns, Manik Saha will be the next Chief Minister

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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.

There were speculations that there was a tussle going on in the BJP unit of Tripura.

Assembly elections are due in the state early next year.

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.

According to the Indian Express report, he said, ‘The party is at the top. I was given the charge of being the state president of the party by former BJP president Amit Shah. I tried to work for the betterment of Tripura both as party chief and chief minister. Whatever responsibility was given to me, I have tried to do justice to the people of Tripura.

Biplab Kumar Deb said that the BJP is planning to bring in “responsible workers” in the party to prepare for the 2023 assembly elections.

He said, ‘The party organization is trying to bring responsible workers into the party. There will be a party organization only then the government will remain. If the (BJP) government has to last for a long time, workers like me should work in the party, it will benefit the party.

Asked about his next assignment, Deb said he was ready to work in any capacity, be it chief minister or ‘panna pramukh’ (person in charge of a page of the voters’ list).

The move came as a surprise to many, with even ministers in his cabinet admitting that he had no prior indication that he would do so.

A minister in Deb’s cabinet said, ‘We are shocked. I don’t know what inspired him, but apparently he had a discussion with the central leadership of the party. The party may have some plans and we are sure it will be good for the party.

According to the report, the BJP had earlier reposed faith in Deb despite protests from party colleagues. Slogans of ‘Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao’ were raised during the visit of party’s national observer Vinod Sonkar in Agartala and BJP MLAs went on a Delhi tour to complain about their way of handling things, among other issues.

Sudip Roy Burman, a former health minister in the cabinet, was removed from his post allegedly due to a dispute with the chief minister. Roy Burman eventually quit the BJP along with another MLA Ashish Kumar Saha and joined the Congress in January this year.

(with input from news agency language)

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