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After an astounding victory over the Left alliance in Tripura Assembly election 2018, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Biplab Kumar Deb is being sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of the state on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's National General Secretary Ram Madhav, and Amit Shah are present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Outgoing Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is also in attendance, with other elected members of the CPI(M). The ceremony is being touted to be a massive event by the BJP, with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Assam BJP CM Sarbananda Sonowal also attending.
The Left Front has said that it will not be attending the event to protest what it calls the BJP's 'reign of terror', claiming that the saffron party has perpetrated large-scale violence on its members after its electoral victory.
The BJP-IPFT combine swept the Assembly election last week, winning 43 seats in the 60-member House.
BJP bigwigs arrive in Tripura
PM Narendra Modi has already arrived in the northeastern state's capital Agartala. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP's poll doctor in the seven hill states, too, has arrived for the ceremony. He claimed in a tweet, "History being scripted in Indian politics as a red bastion turns into saffron fortress." L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi are also present.
Top 10 developments:
The BJP President is already in Tripura for the swearing-in. He tweeted: Took blessings of Maa Tripura Sundari in Udaipur (Tripura) and prayed for the well-being of our citizens. With Maa Tripura Sundari's blessings, an era of development and progress will now begin in the state of Tripura.
2. Who is Biplab Kumar Deb?
Biplab Kumar Deb is a longtime RSS volunteer. In a BJP poll last year, the party found out that Biplab Kumar Deb was more popular in the state than Manik Sarkar. He was made the party's state president immediately by replacing the longest-serving BJP chief in the state.
Biplab Kumar Deb spent his childhood in Tripura before moving to New Delhi to complete his studies. The 48-year old politician won the Banamalipur assembly seat by a margin of 9,700 votes by defeating Left Front's Amol Chokroborty. The seat was previously held by the Congress.
Biplab Kumar Deb will be the youngest Chief Minister of India at present after Maharasthra's Devendra Fadnavis.
3. Left accuses BJP of violence
The left in Tripura has accused BJP of carrying out large-scale violence in the state after their electoral victory. Left Front leaders of the state have decided to
boycott the swearing-in ceremony of the BJP government in protest.
Left leader Bijan Dhar accused BJP workers of attacking 400 party offices, 85 of which were torched
and 315 forcibly occupied. Moreover, 600 Left supporters are said to have been assaulted physically and more than a thousand their shops, houses and vehicles burnt.
4. Biplab Kumar Deb, Ram Madhav invite Manik Sarkar
Days after the BJP victory in Tripura, a statue of Vladimir Lenin was razed to the ground by BJP workers. The act started a series of incidents of statue vandalism in what was termed as the 'statue wars'. In the past few days, statues of Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar, Periyar, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee have been brought down across the country.
6. Royal to play second fiddle
7. IPFT to get 2 ministers Tripura cabinet
Minister be one among the elected tribal MLAs.
With a 60-member Legislative Assembly, Tripura can have a maximum of 12 ministers including the Chief Minister.
8. Security beefed up in Tripura ahead of swearing-in ceremony
West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Ramteke and West District Police chief Abhijit Saptarshi are supervising the administrative and security arrangements for the swearing-in-ceremony of the new BJP government at the Assam Rifles ground.
"People would attend the swearing-in-ceremony from all across the state. In view of the possible arrival of the prime minister and other VVIPs in Friday's swearing-
in-ceremony, elaborate security arrangements are being put in place," Saptarshi told the media.
9. 'Poriborton' for development pitch
Biplab Deb campaigned on the plank of 'poriborton' (change) to usher in development. He promised the youth employment opportunities, which he promised to improve if
elected Chief Minister of Tripura. He also promised that state government employees will be compensated as per the 7th Pay Commission if the BJP won.
10. Left's 25-year rule broken
(Marxist). The BJP-IPFT alliance trumped the Left Front with two-thirds majority.
The BJP won 35 of the 59 seats that went to polls in Tripura, ousting the CPI(M) which won only in 17 assembly constituencies.