Biplab Kumar Deb to be new Tripura CM

Biplab Kumar Deb, who had been the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura since 7 January 2016, will be the new chief minister of Tripura. Earlier, there were rumours that Deb was the most favoured leader for the post of the Chief Minister.

Deb defeated the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) nominee and party’s youth leader Amal Chakraborty in the Banamalipur constituency by a margin of 9,549 votes. Deb won the electoral battle in his maiden attempt.

Biplab Kumar Deb — was born in 1969 in Kakraban, Udaipur in the present-day Gomoti District of Tripura — will take oath as the new 10th Chief Minister of the state.

Background

His parents hailed from Kachua Upazila, Chandpur in Bangladesh. He spent his childhood and schooling days in Tripura, completing a BA from Tripura University before shifting to New Delhi for his higher Studies and Masters.

During his residence in Delhi he worked as a professional gym instructor. He later returned to Tripura after an absence of 15 years. He was a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer and previously campaigned in elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.

On 8 August 2017 Biplab Deb helped bring about the defection of Indian National Congress MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He led the local BJP into the 2018 Legislative Assembly election, attempting to gain office after 25 years of Left Front rule.

He contested the election from Banamalipur Constituency in Agartala, which was held by Indian National Congress MLA Gopal Roy. He also faced Communist Party of India (Marxist) youth leader Amol Chokroborty.

Biplab Deb highlighted the issue of youth employment in the state, the situation of which he promised to improve if he came to power. He also promised that he would pay 7th Pay Commission to all the employees of Tripura.

Biplab Kumar Deb, who is married to Neeti Deb, has a daughter and a son.

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