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Biplab Deb set to be next Tripura CM, IPFT skips MLAs' meet

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Biplab Deb set to be next Tripura CM, IPFT skips MLAs' meet BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb greet the supporters after party's victory in Tripura Assembly elections in Agartala on Saturday. PTI

Agartala: Tripura BJP president and newly elected MLA Biplab Kumar Deb was on Tuesday unanimously elected leader of the BJP legislature party in the state, Union minister Nitin Gadkari announced.

Deb, whose name was proposed by party MLA Sudip Roy Burman in the meeting, will be the new chief minister of Tripura, Gadkari said.

BJP's poll ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, has demanded that the chief minister be from the tribal community.

Gadkari, deputed as observer by BJP president Amit Shah, said BJP MLA Jishnu Debbarma will be the deputy chief minister.

Deb will stake claim to form government in the state before governor Tathagata Roy.

MLAs of the IPFT were not present at the meeting.

The IPFT had on Monday threatened not to join the government if the party was not given "respectable positions" in the ministry. It would support the government from outside if its conditions were not met, it said.

The BJP and the IPFT swept to power in the state, winning 43 seats in the 60-member assembly. BJP bagged 35 seats and the IPFT eight.

Elections were held for 59 seats of the 60-member assembly on February 18. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to death of a CPM candidate.

The IPFT came into being in the late 90s and had campaigned for a separate state for tribals by carving out the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on the plea that the indigenous people had become marginalised due to the huge migration of people to this state after partition of the country in 1947.

The tribal council area comprises two-third of the state's territory and the tribals form one-third of the population.

The IPFT had forged an alliance with the BJP before the elections on the basis of a common minimum agenda, which included formation of a high-power committee with representations from the central and state governments and the indigenous community to address the problems of the tribals.

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