Guwahati: Tripura BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Manik Saha was appointed as the new chief minister of Tripura following Biplab Deb stepped down from the post on Saturday. Saha was appointed to the post after a meeting of the legislative party.
Saha was credited for the BJP’s victory in all thirteen civic bodies in the polls held in November 2021 in Tripura.
A dentist by profession, Saha had won the lone Rajya Sabha seat earlier this year. He had quit Congress and joined the saffron camp in 2016 and was made the party’s state president in 2020.
Deb’s resignation came a year ahead of the Tripura assembly elections. Deb after tendering his resignation said, “I have resigned to strengthen the base of BJP in the state. I need to work on grassroot level in various sectors and 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.”
Sources added that during a meeting between Deb and home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi recently, he was told that the party wanted to go with a new face in the elections.
Deb said, “I have worked for Tripura and am thankful to the party.” The next assembly election is scheduled to be held by March 2023.