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Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb quits 8 months ahead of assembly polls, Dr. Manik Saha named as replacement

A dental surgeon by profession, Saha is also president of BJP Tripura since 2020 and had left Congress in 2016.

In an unprecedented move, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday resigned from his post with barely eight months left for the 2023 assembly polls in the state. Biplab Deb proposed Manik Saha’s name for the post of chief minister, it has been learnt.

“Party wants me to work to strengthen the organisation” Biplab Deb said after resigning as Tripura CM. The state is slated to go to assembly elections next year.

“Party is above all. I am a loyal worker of the BJP. I hope I have done justice to the responsibilities that were given to me — whether it was BJP state president or Tripura chief minister. I have worked for the overall development of Tripura, and to ensure peace for the people of the state,” Deb told reporters.

“The 2023 election is coming, and the party wants a responsible organiser to take charge of the affairs here. A government can only be formed if the organisation is strong. After the elections, someone will obviously become the chief minister,” he added.

A dentist by profession, Saha obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in dental surgery from Patna’s Government Dental College and King Georges’ Medical College in Lucknow. 

He quit the Congress and joined the BJP in 2016, later even became the president of BJP Tripura in 2020.

Manik Saha was also recently credited for the BJP’s victory in all thirteen civic bodies in the polls held in November 2021 in Tripura.

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