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Manik Saha appointed new Tripura Cm as party reunion descends into chaos


In a surprise move, the BJP has appointed Rajya Sabha MP Manik Saha as the new chief minister of Tripura, succeeding Biplab Kumar Deb, who resigned earlier on Saturday. Saha, the BJP state chairman, was elected leader of the legislative party in a meeting at the chief minister’s official residence shortly after a dejected Deb tendered his resignation to Governor SN Arya.

As Deb proposed the name of Saha, 69, at the meeting, Minister Ram Prasad Paul protested, leading to a fight between MPs. Paul also broke a few chairs before the situation calmed down, sources said. Paul wanted Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, a member of the former Tripura royal family, to be the next chief minister of the state, they said.

Top BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav and Vinod Tawde were observers for the election of the party’s leader to the legislature. “I was an ordinary party worker and will continue to be,” Saha told reporters after being named the next chief minister.

Deb, 50, resigned a day after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP Chairman JP Nadda in New Delhi. “The party is above all else. I am a loyal worker of the BJP. I hope I have done justice to the responsibilities entrusted to me – whether as BJP State Chairman or Chief Minister of Tripura. I worked for the whole development of Tripura and to secure peace for the people of the state,” Deb said after resigning.

“The 2023 elections are approaching and the party wants a responsible organizer to take charge of affairs here. Because a government can only be formed if the organization is strong,” he said, explaining the decision. of the party to entrust him with organizational responsibilities. Deb was appointed chief minister after the BJP came to power in 2018, ending 25 years of Left Front rule in the North East state.

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