Tripura BJP president and newly-elected MLA Biplab Kumar Deb took oath as Tripura’s Chief Minister today, the first ever to head a BJP government in the north-eastern state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
The BJP and the IPFT swept to power in the state, winning 43 seats in the 60-member assembly. BJP bagged 35 seats and the IPFT eight.
Elections were held for 59 seats of the 60-member assembly on February 18. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to death of a CPI(M) candidate.
Besides, Jishnu Debbarma will also take charge as the Deputy chief minister of the state. He is yet to be elected as an MLA as polling in his Charilam (Scheduled Tribe) constituency was postponed due to the death of the CPI(M) candidate.
The election would now be held on March 12.
Deb, a long-time RSS volunteer, has been largely credited for the BJP’s turnaround in the state.
BJP ally IPFT president NC Debbarma said the party would get two berths in the new cabinet which was decided at a meeting with BJP leader and the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma.
(With inputs from PTI)