Agartala: As the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to dethrone the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Tripura, where the latter had ruled for the last 25 years, all eyes are on the party’s president in the state, Biplab Kumar Deb, who is one of the chief strategists of the saffron party’s election campaign in the hilly state.
Shattering the Red bastion of the Left, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to form government in Tripura which would most likely see Biplab Kumar Deb as its Chief Minister. He has been the state president of the BJP in Tripura since January 7, 2016.
Born in Kakraban, Udaipur in the present-day Gomoti District of Tripura, Deb spent his childhood and completed his schooling in the state before shifting to Delhi for higher studies and Masters.
During the 2013 assembly elections, Biplab Deb was undergoing training in RSS’ Delhi headquarters in Keshav Kunj.The 48-year-old has upstaged the 25-year-long Communist rule in the landlocked northeastern state in a remarkable feat, coming as it did, barely five years into the Left Front’s stupendous win with 50 seats in the 60-member state assembly.
Biplab was a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer and previously campaigned in elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council. He is being seen as the top contendor and in a way the most eligible for the post of Chief Minister.
Deb helped bring about the defection of Congress MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman to the Bharatiya Janata Party in August last year. He led the local BJP into the 2018 Legislative Assembly election and contested from Banamalipur Constituency in Agartala, which was held by Indian National Congress MLA Gopal Roy.
He was made the president of the state BJP and in a very short period he caught the imagination of the electorate, displaying impressive oratory skills and an overall pleasing personality. In Deb, the anti-left constituency finally found an alternative to the formidable four-term chief minister Manik Sarkar, universally admired known for his clean image.
Officially, the BJP did not declare any chief-ministerial candidate during its campaigning, but the fact that Deb would succeed Sarkar as Chief Minister was a foregone conclusion with his image smiling down from every poll banner across the state and also because of the absence of any strong leader who could rival Deb’s personality as they were mostly Congress turncoats.