Tripura election 2018: In a historic electoral performance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday won the Tripura Assembly Elections and is likely to form government in the state, which was considered as the last bastion of Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M). With the BJP inching closer towards victory, speculations about the new chief ministers have started doing the rounds. While many people are unsure about probable candidates here, there’s one name making the rounds for the top post for long. Biplab Kumar Deb – Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit chief, might become the next Tripura chief minister, replacing CPI-M’s Manik Sarkar after over two decades. Deb, a former RSS volunteer, had replaced Sudhindra Dasgupta, the longest-serving president of the party in the state.
Earlier, Dasgupta was chief of the saffron party for the past five years, the time when BJP did not have much significance in Tripura politics. As BJP has put up a stunning show in Tripura, Deb’s contribution will be taken into the account for sure. Deb, a noted RSS worker, was sent from Delhi to head BJP’s Tripura unit after PM Narendra Modi formed government at the Centre in 2014. The probable CM was born in South Tripura’s Udaipur subdivision. A report says Deb was educated in Delhi and spent most of his lifetime in RSS headquarters at Nagpur.
Also Read | Tripura election result 2018 LIVE updates
As per the trends of counting, BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) are likely to form the government in the state as they are leading in 40 out of the 59 constituencies that went to poll on 18 February. In one constituency, polling was countermanded due to the death of a CPI(M) candidate. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s CPI(M), which has been in power for the last 25 years, was way behind the BJP. Sarkar was leading from Dhanpur constituency.
Deb and party MLA Sudip Roy Burman were leading in their respective seats of Banamlipur and Agartala. Speaking to media on the basis of early trends, BJP leader Ram Madhav exuded confidence, saying BJP would come to power in Tripura. He added that BJP is leading on seats it didn’t even expect.