The first BJP-IPFT government headed by 48-year old Biplab Kumar Deb will take charge in the northeastern state of Tripura on Friday at a grand swearing-in function to be attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The transition of power would mark the end of 25 years of uninterrupted communists' rule in Tripura, wherein issues related to basic governance, development, the creation of infrastructures and job creation figured prominently during the election campaign.
Chief Minister designate Biplab Kumar Deb, who was elected from Banamalipur assembly segment in Agartala, offered puja in all important temples of the state in past two days along with his wife Niti Deb, son Aryan and daughter Shreya. This year's electoral battle - billed as the first direct electoral contest between the right-wing BJP and the communists, the Leftists have been handed over a resounding defeat with BJP and its ally IPFT winning 35 and eight seats respectively. The CPI(M) strength nosedived to 16 in the 60-member House. For BJP, it was a dream come true and a fairy tale like success as the vote share shot up to 43 per cent from little over one per cent five years back in 2013.Together with IPFT, the saffron alliance polled 50.5 per cent of votes - staying far ahead 42.7 per cent of the CPI-M.
Prime Minister Modi has already hailed the win in Tripura as historic and a victory of saffron party's ideology as against the communists. BJP chief Amit Shah has said that the Left parties - incidentally chief detractors of RSS and BJP are fast losing out relevance in Indian polity. BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Delhi earlier this week that the results of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya would mark a significant and "tectonic shift" in the politics of India.A BJP-NDPP alliance headed by Neiphiu Rio took charge of governance on Thursday, while NPP-leader Conrad Sangma and council of ministers were sworn in on March 6 in Meghalaya.
The Governor Tathagata Roy will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, 48, and his colleagues. BJP's Tribal face Jishnu Deb Barma will be the new Deputy Chief Minister in a state where tribals have from time to time have been demanding to carve out of a separate homeland for them. BJP chief Amit Shah, who attended the swearing-in ceremony in Nagaland capital Kohima on Thursday has already reached Agartala and held a meeting with senior leaders including Biplab Kumar Deb to settle the claim of ministerial berths. Senior legislators Sudip Roy Barman, Ratan Chakraborty and Biswabandhu Sen besides the likes of Rampada Jamatia and Pramod Reading are likely to find a berth in the new ministry.Biplab’s mother Minabala Deb, two elder sisters Bani, Rina and his younger sister Mithu Deb have already reached Agartala from the nearby temple town of Udaipur to attend the swearing-in ceremony. The outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has been invited to attend the function.