BJP state president Manik Saha was sworn in as Tripura chief minister on Sunday morning. Governor SN Arya administered the oath of office to Rajya Sabha MP Saha at Raj Bhavan here.
Former chief minister Biplob Dev, whose abrupt resignation saw Saha in the top post on Saturday evening, was present at the function along with BJP MLAs and state ministers. Union Minister Pratima Bhowmik was also present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Verma and Minister Ram Prasad Pal, who broke chairs during a meeting of the BJP assembly party in protest of Saha’s appointment as chief minister on Saturday, arrived at the palace just moments after the swearing-in ceremony.
“I will take the development agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi further and work for the people of Tripura. Law and order will focus on the situation, ”Saha said after the swearing-in ceremony.
“There is no challenge,” he said, when asked about the change of guard in the state before the assembly elections. Opposition CPI (M) legislators boycotted the event, alleging “fascist-style violence” in the state under BJP rule.
The Trinamool Congress, which is trying to enter the state, has claimed that the chief minister was changed because the BJP realized that the people had lost faith in the state government. Saha, a maxillofacial surgeon who graduated from King George Medical College in Lucknow, was a member of the opposition Congress before joining the BJP in 2016. He became the state president of the party in 2020.
Former Badminton player Saha is also the President of Tripura Cricket Association. Its importance to the BJP stems from its clean image and its track record, which includes building the BJP’s victory in all thirteen civic bodies in the November 2021 elections.
Sources said the move came after an analysis sent by the RSS to the BJP’s central leadership indicated that the party and the government needed a change of watchdog.