Biplab Deb to be sworn-in as Tripura CM on Friday; PM Modi expected to attend

The BJP-IPFT combine swept to power in Tripura on March 3, 2018, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front.

Biplab Deb to be sworn-in as Tripura CM on Friday; PM Modi expected to attend
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Agartala: Biplab Deb will be sworn in as the CM Tripura at the Assam Rifles ground on Friday which will usher in the first BJP government in the Northeastern state.

BJP president Amit Shah will be present at the swearing-in ceremony. PM Narendra Modi too, is expected to grace the event.

Forty-eight-year-old Deb, a long-time RSS volunteer, has been largely credited for the BJP's turnaround in the state. He staked claim to Governor Tathagata Roy on March 6, 2018, to form the government in the state. The governor then invited him to do so.

The BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) combine swept to power in the state on March 3, 2018, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front. The BJP had bagged 35 seats and the IPFT eight in the 60-member House.

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Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had stated on March 6 that Jishnu Debbarma will be the deputy chief minister.

Debbarma 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.

IPFT president N C 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. 

On the other hand, the BJP on Thursday invited outgoing CM Manik Sarkar for the swearing-in-ceremony of Deb. BJP leader Ram Madhav and Deb personally met and invited him for Friday's ceremony. 

Left Front convener Bijan Dhar said that Sarkar and former ministers of his Cabinet would attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new BJP-IPFT combine government.

However, leaders of Opposition Left parties would not join the programme in protest against post-poll 'violence' in the state, he added.

"The outgoing CM 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, also CPI(M) state secretary, told a press conference, PTI reported.

(With Agency inputs)