‘Development, development, development’: Manik Saha sets out agenda after being sworn in as new Tripura CM

Manik Saha said on Sunday that his main objective as the new chief minister of Tripura would be to continue the development activities initiated by the BJP-led state government and to strengthen the law and order situation. in the state.

Saha made the comments after being sworn in by Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya at Raj Bhavan. The 69-year-old was appointed chief minister by the Bharatiya Janata Party in a surprise turn of events on Saturday after Biplab Kumar Deb was forced to resign from the state’s top job just a year before the elections to the Assembly of Tripura. .

Without explaining why he felt the law and order situation in Tripura needed to be strengthened, especially when his predecessor Deb boasted of reducing serious and political crimes, the new chief minister said he would work under the directives of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to develop the state. “Our government under Biplab Deb ji has taken the state forward. We will work to continue the work, work for the people and bring development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi…Development, development, development. I will take this work forward. I will work to ensure a solid law and order situation,” Saha said.

The dentist-turned-politician also said his experience leading the BJP party organization would help him in his role as Chief Minister of Tripura.

The appointment of Saha, chairman of the state party and member of the Rajya Sabha, as chief minister came as a surprise to everyone, including state ministers and BJP leaders. There have been a series of protests against Deb during her four-year tenure as CM, including the slogan “Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao” and rebellions by cabinet colleague Sudip Roy Barman, who after being dismissed from the cabinet left the party.

However, it is still unclear why Deb survived her post amid fierce protests and was sacked while the administration was running smoothly. As of Saturday, all BJP officials, including Deb, said he had been replaced to allow him to work for the party’s political organization and secure his victory in the 2023 parliamentary elections.

Union State Minister for Social Empowerment and Justice Pratima Bhoumik also said on Sunday that the decision to replace Deb was taken by the BJP central leadership “to strengthen the party and win in 2023”. . Bhoumik also said that as ‘party foot soldiers’, she and everyone else would respect the decision, even as protests from state cabinet ministers surfaced on Saturday against Saha’s appointment as CM. .

On how the BJP expects Saha to lead the state as chief minister, especially since he had to be replaced as head of Tripura affairs to secure the party’s victory in the polls scheduled for next year, Bhoumik said she would not be able to answer the question.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma and Cooperatives Minister Ramprasad Paul joined Saha’s swearing-in ceremony after being sworn in.

Paul had publicly rebelled against Saha’s appointment on Saturday and said he would not work for the BJP. When asked if he stood by his protests, Paul replied: “It happens sometimes. It is a democratic party. Sab chalta hai. Jo hota hai, discipline me hi hota hai… I work for the party. I am here to serve the party”.

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