A dental surgeon with a clean image, Manik Saha faces the daunting challenge of keeping the BJP bunch together till Tripura elections 2023
Tripura BJP on Saturday elected state unit president Dr Manik Saha as the next chief minister of the north-eastern state, hours after Biplab Deb submitted his resignation to Governor SN Arya.
Biplab Deb was the BJP’s first chief minister in Tripura and the task of taking the party to the next elections in 2023 has now fallen on Saha, who is currently a Rajya Sabha MP and has six months to be elected to the Tripura Legislative Assembly through a there is time. He will take oath as the Chief Minister on Sunday morning in the bypolls.
Saha, 69, had quit the Congress and joined the BJP in 2016. He was made the party’s state president in 2020, replacing Biplab Kumar Deb, who was made CM after the saffron party’s unprecedented victory in the 2018 assembly elections, which marked the end of 25 years. communist regime.
Saha, a dental surgeon by profession, has a clean image among the masses. Despite his break with the Congress, he enjoys wide acceptance in the party ranks and is known for his booth management skills.
Saha has also been the Head of the Department and Professor, Tripura Medical College and BR Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital in Agartala, and currently serves as the President of the Tripura Cricket Association.
Deb took to Twitter to congratulate Saha on being elected as the new Chief Minister of Tripura.
Congratulations and best wishes to @DrManikSaha2 ji on being elected the leader of the Legislature Party. I am confident that Tripura will prosper under the vision and leadership of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji.
In his first statement as the new chief minister, Saha said he would abide by “whatever responsibility is given to him by the party”. A big part of that responsibility will be to keep the herd together until the assembly elections next year.
A major reason for the BJP replacing another chief minister going up for election in a state was that Deb was not able to bring it under control.
Saha realized how challenging the task would be when Minister Ram Prasad Pal openly opposed his selection as CM, leading to a scuffle inside the party office.
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