Biplab Kumar Deb sworn in as Tripura CM
Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn in as the Tripura CM today, bringing in the first BJP government in the state. The swearing-in ceremony at the Assam Rifles ground, Agartala, was attended by PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party leaders LK Advani and MM Joshi. Outgoing CM Manik Sarkar, who ruled for 25 years, was also in attendance.
Photos from the ceremony
BJP increased its vote-share from 1.5% in 2013 to 42.8%
In Tripura, the BJP-IPFT combine won 43 seats together (35+8). The saffron party increased its vote-share from a paltry 1.5% in 2013 to a whopping 42.8% this time. The CPI(M) managed to bag 16 seats in the 60-member assembly. Amit Shah said later, "Left is not right for any part of India." However, CPI(M)'s vote-share declined only marginally, from 48.11% (2013) to 42.7% (2018).
A new 12-member ministry sworn in
Today, along with Biplab Deb, Jishnu Deb Burman, a member of state's royal family, was also sworn in as the Deputy CM. The new ministers included Sudip Roy Barman and Ratan Lal Nath, former Congress workers. BJP's Santana Chakmas was the only woman among nine ministers who took oath. IPFT got two berths in the new 12-member ministry.