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BJP-led government takes charge of Tripura

IANS  |  Agartala 

A BJP-led government headed by Chief on Friday assumed office in along with its ally IPFT, ending 25 long years of Left rule and leaving the once seemingly Marxists in power only in

administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Rifles ground to the 48-year-old Deb, followed by Deputy Chief and seven other Cabinet ministers.

The ministers who took oath include Narendra of the Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT), Ratan Lal Nath, Sudip Roy Barman, Pranjit Singha Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb, Mevar (IPFT) and a lone woman minister,

"Three other ministers will be included in the ministry soon," a (BJP) said.

New Debbarma, a former central government officer, is the while Jamatia is of the tribal-based party, which since 2009 has been agitating to upgrade the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council areas as a full-fledged state.

The BJP, the Communist Party of (CPI-M)-led Left Front and the opposed the statehood demand.

Deb, the incumbent President, and all his Cabinet colleagues became ministers for the first time in a border state where for decades the BJP virtually did not exist.

After the swearing-in, the and his cabinet colleagues went to the to their respective offices.

Narendra Modi, BJP Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, former Deputy and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the event.

Left Front leaders boycotted the ceremony to protest against what they said was large-scale violence in Tripura after the Assembly elections.

But outgoing and CPI-M and senior party leaders attended.

In the February 18 polls, the BJP won 35 seats in the 60-member Assembly and the eight. The CPI-M got 16 seats while Left Front partners -- Communist Party of India, and Revolutionary -- drew a blank. So did the

Balloting in Charilam constituency could not be held after the death of the CPI-M candidate.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:28 IST
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