New Delhi: BJP leader Manik Saha was elected as the Chief Minister of Tripura on Saturday hours after Biplab Kumar Deb stepped down from the post. Saha, who is the present president of BJP’s Tripura unit, was also elected as the Rajya Sabha member recently.
The change of guard comes amid rumours of infighting within the BJP’s state unit. The state is scheduled to go to Assembly polls next year.
Earlier in the day, Deb submitted his resignation to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya on Saturday. Following his resignation, Deb said, “To strengthen the base of BJP in the state, I need to work on grassroot level in various sectors. I should work as a common karyakarta (party worker) rather than being in the position of CM to form BJP government again in the coming Assembly elections.”
On Thursday, Deb had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda in Delhi for a discussion on the party’s affairs in the Northeastern state.
Union Minister and BJP leader Bhupender Yadav, and BJP national general secretary Vinod Tawde were present in Tripura as the central observers.
Biplab Deb became the Chief Minister of Tripura after the BJP stormed to power in the 2018 Assembly election. The saffron party had wrested power from the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM) in the previously Left-dominated state.
The BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) had bagged 43 of the 59 seats, marking an end of Manik Sarkar’s two decades as chief minister of Tripura. The BJP won 35 seats and the IPFT won eight. The CPM could get only 16 seats and the Congress drew a blank.