Biplab Kumar Deb takes oath as the Chief Minister of Tripura on Friday noon, forming the first-time BJP government in the state. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Assam Rifles ground was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, and senior leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Besides the top BJP leaders, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states like Vijay Rupani (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam) and Raghubar Das (Jharkhand) also attended the event. The ex-Tripura CM Manik Sarkar also attended the event. Jishnu Deb Burman took oath as the deputy CM of the state, who is a member of the royal family. The BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) acquires two berths in the 12-member ministry of the newly made government. IPFT had negotiated for four seats after sweeping the tribal areas and winning eight of nine seats that it fought in. BJP’s Santana Chakmas is the lone woman among the nine ministers sworn in.
“Treat me as your son, brother, not as the CM. Pull my ears to put me on the right track if I err in providing you good governance,” Deb said to 3.7 million people in Tripura after taking charge. The Prime Minister said that the BJP-led government will “be for those who voted for us and for those who did not.” Speaking to the Left Front leaders, Modi said that there long experience in running the government in the state can guide the newly-formed inexperienced one. The BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told PTI that “A 100-ft-long stage was erected for the big function. This is a big day for us as it marks a political transition for the state. The victory has been made possible by the development work of Modiji that has inspired our workers in Tripura to work for a change”.