'98 pc of Meiteis voted for BJP in Tripura polls'

Howard TerryMar 11, 2018

Addressing the audience in his first ever speech as the chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday said his government would do everything possible to "live up to the faith" with which the party was voted to power and said they would work for the people.

Earlier in the day, Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn-in as Tripura Chief Minister to head the new BJP government in the state. Pointing towards Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, Modi said the newly elected government by the people of Tripura will serve the people and try to focus on development, good governance, people's participation. According to him, Biplab Kumar Deb mentioned that Meiteis have a close relation with Tripuris since time immemorial.

Incidentally, Debnath lives in Sepahijala district's Dhanpur, the constituency of outgoing chief minister Manik Sarkar, who also attended the grand oath-taking event of the new Tripura cabinet at the sprawling Assam Rifles ground yesterday.

Out of three northeast states that BJP won in, it was Tripura's swearing-in ceremony that witnessed most of the top leadership turning up for it.

BJP chief Amit Shah said, "This new Tripura government would usher in a new age of cooperation and help fulfill all expectations of the people to make it a modern state".

"I will implement the constitution in the state, which I say.", he added.

Roy, also the Agriculture and Transport Minister, said the first session of the new Tripura assembly would be held on March 23.

The CPI (M) managed to bag 16 seats in the 60-member assembly.

Talking about the ousting of the Left Front in the state since nearly a quarter of a century, the Prime Minister said, "In the history of India, there are some elections that will always be discussed". The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by BJP president Amit Shah along with several Union ministers and chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states. "The polls were peaceful and for that too, the people have to be congratulated", the prime minister said. "But we expect that the agenda of development will not be sidelined for other political factors and that Tripura will progress". People who exercised their franchise and not voted for the BJP were attacked.

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