HnExpress Mayank Chakravarty, Tripura : Biplob Deb announced on Saturday evening that he has submitted his resignation to governor SN Arya. With the resignation of Biplab Deb, the BJP has decided to change another CM ahead of the assembly polls in March 2023. The Tripura unit of the BJP has been rife with rumours of infighting. The 60-seat Tripura assembly heads to elections next year.
Deb’s resignation comes after similar exits by CMs in Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Gujarat. Now Dental Surgeon with Clean Image, Manik Saha Faces Tough Task of Keeping BJP Flock Together till 2023 Polls. Saha was elected leader of the legislature party and thereby the new CM at a meeting held in the official residence of the Chief Minister. After the meeting, another BJP MLA, Parimal Deb barma, too slammed the party leadership over its choice.
“Why were MLAs called to the meeting? Saha was made a Rajya Sabha MP recently, we did not oppose that. But could they not have considered one of the MLAs in this case? You will see more MLAs speaking out in the coming days. This is not done,” Deb barma, who represents the Ambasha constituency, said. Tripura BJP’S infighting : The last four years have not been easy for Deb and the party.
Sudip Roy Barman, a veteran leader who had deserted the Congress and joined the BJP in 2017, raised the flag of rebellion a few months after Deb took charge of Tripura. In October 2020, Barman, leading a group of MLAs, camped in Delhi to meet the BJP Central leadership and demand Deb’s removal as CM, saying he was “dictatorial, inexperienced and unpopular.”
Dr Manik Saha is currently a Rajya Sabha MP and has six months to get elected to the Tripura assembly via a bypoll. Saha, 69, quit the Congress and joined the BJP in 2016. He was made the party’s state president in 2020, replacing Deb who was made CM following the saffron party’s victory in the 2018 assembly elections that ended a 25-year Communist rule.
Party leaders pointed to the BJP’s experience in Uttarakhand where the Chief Minister was changed a few months before the Assembly elections earlier this year a clean image and the PM’s popularity ensured the party’s return to power.