New Delhi: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb submitted his resignation to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya on Saturday. The sudden move comes amid rumours of infighting within the BJP’s state unit. The state is scheduled to go to Assembly polls next year.
Deb made the announcement after meeting the governor at the Raj Bhavan. 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, he went to New Delhi and met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda for a discussion on the party’s affairs in the Northeastern state.
A meeting of the legislative party will be held at 8 pm. Union Minister and BJP leader Bhupender Yadav, and BJP national general secretary Vinod Tawde are in Tripura as the central observers. The new Tripura Chief Minister will be announced this evening.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, who is related to the erstwhile Tripura royal family, is expected to take charge in the interim, PTI cited its sources as saying.
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.