Biplab Kumar Deb Sworn-In As Tripura Chief Minister Today, Along With Jishnu Debbarma As Deputy CM

| March 9 , 2018 , 12:38 IST

BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Tripura on Friday, ushering in the first BJP government to be formed on the northeastern state where the saffron party won 35 seats in the 60-member assembly, bringing to an end 25-years of Left rule.

Jishnu Debbarma was also sworn-in as deputy Chief Minisiter, despite having yet to be elected as an MLA since polling in his constituency of Charilam was postponed due to the death of the CPM candidate, and will now take place on March 12.

Leaders of Opposition Left parties are reportedly boycotting the programme in protest of post-poll violence in the state. However, outgoing chief minister Manik Sarkar and former members of his cabinet would be attending the ceremony, said  Left Front convener Bijan Dhar.

"The outgoing chief minister and his ministers would attend the swearing-in ceremony. Left parties have also been invited to join it. But we will not go there to protest against the post-poll violence," Dhar told a press conference.

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In honour of the historic win in the state of Tripura, top BJP leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and chief ministers of BJP ruled states.

"All the chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states and the members of the BJP parliamentary board have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony,” state BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb said.

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Biplab Kumar Deb took over as the BJP Tripura president in 2016, the youngest BJP chief of any state. Although the party did not announce a chief ministerial candidate before the elections, Deb was considered to be a front-runner.

Tripura had been considered to be the Left's strongest citadel, with Left party CPI (M) ruling the state for 25 years, helmed by Manik Sarkar as state Chief Minister for 20 years. In the 2018 elections, the results of which were announced on March 3, the BJP won 35 of Tripura's 60 assembly seats, winning a clear majority independently.