Agartala: Biplab Kumar Deb, an RSS functionary from Tripura, will take oath as the BJP’s first chief minister in the state, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari confirmed on 6 March.The announcement was made by Gadkari at a press conference on Tuesday.
Addressing mediapersons, Biplab Kumar Deb said that Jishnu Deb Burman will work with him as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura. But with Gadkari’s confirmation, here’s a quick look at the man who is touted to be the next Chief Minister of Tripura.
The 2018 Assembly elections saw the Bharatiya Janata Party pull off a landmark victory in Tripura, ending a 25-year-long Left Front rule. The BJP – which allied with the Indigenous People’s Front Of Tripura (IPFT) for the state Assembly election – did not project a chief ministerial face during the campaigning period.
Biplab has been the president of Tripura’s BJP unit since 2016. Born in the state’s Gomoti district, he completed his schooling and graduation from Tripura before moving to Delhi for higher studies. During his time in Tripura, he worked as a gym instructor. His wife is a deputy manager at the State Bank of India – and they have two children.
A former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer, Deb reportedly worked as a professional gym instructor in Delhi before venturing into politics. The BJP decimated the CPM in Tripura – one of the last remaining Left bastions, ousting Manik Sarkar from power after 20 long years.
Pulling off a historic victory, the BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal-dominated party, together won 43 out of 59 Tripura constituencies. The BJP on its own won 35 seats, four more than the half-way mark, while its ally IPFT won eight seats. In a remarkable performance, the alliance swept all the 20 seats reserved for tribals.
The BJP, which had no MLAs in the outgoing Assembly and polled just 1.5 percent votes in the 2013 elections, losing deposits in 49 of the 50 constituencies it contested, secured over 42 percent of votes in the February 18, 2018, Tripura elections.
The CPM which headed the ruling Left Front was reduced to just 15 seats – down from 50 in the last elections. None of its partners, including the CPI, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party, could open their account.