The sudden appointment of a new chief minister in Tripura has apparently angered many BJP MLAs in the state as they have complained that they have been kept in the dark. Just hours after Tripura Chief Minister Biplob Dev resigned in a surprise move on Saturday, state BJP chief Manik Saha was named as his successor. The development comes amid reports of infighting within the party just a year before the Tripura state assembly elections.
Saha, 69, rejoined the BJP in 2016. He is a dentist by profession and was also elected as a Rajya Sabha MP last month. In the past, to curb power struggles, the central BJP leadership has changed the chief ministers of many states from Uttarakhand to Gujarat. In Tripura, after Dev resigned from his post, many party leaders saw Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Verma as one of the main candidates for the post.
Apparently upset with the party’s decision, MLA and state minister Ram Prasad Pal was seen arguing with his colleagues at a party function where the BJP announced the name of the new chief minister. As seen in the video, Mr. Paul screams, and then smashes a plastic chair on the floor. Other BJP arguments and scenes of pushing each other have also been released from the party program.
The Trinamool Congress, which is trying to enter the state, slammed the BJP and tweeted, “The whole Tripura BJP unit seems to be collapsing.” Earlier, it called Dev’s resignation a “good salvation.”
In 2018, under Dev’s leadership, the BJP ended the 25-year rule of the Communist Party of India in Tripura. After his resignation, Dev said that no one is bigger than the team. “The party is above all. I am a loyal BJP worker. I hope I have been able to do justice to the responsibility that was given to me – be it the state president of the BJP or the chief minister of Tripura. I have worked for the overall development of Tripura and for ensuring peace for the people of the state, ”Mr Dev told reporters.