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Manik Saha was sworn in as Tripura Cm; PM Modi wishes him a successful tenure


BJP State Chairman Manik Saha was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tripura on Sunday morning. Governor SN Arya swore in Saha, a Rajya Sabha MP, at the Raj Bhavan.

Congratulating Saha on being sworn in as Chief Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence and said he would add vigor to the state’s development journey.

Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri @DrManikSaha2 for being sworn in as CM of Tripura. Best wishes to him for a successful tenure. 2018.”

Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma and Minister Ram Prasad Paul, who smashed chairs at the BJP Legislative Party meeting on Saturday to protest Saha’s appointment as Chief Minister, arrived at the Raj Bhavan moments after the end of the swearing-in ceremony.

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“Will work for the people of Tripura, advancing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda. Will focus on law and order situation,” Saha said after the swearing-in ceremony.

“There are no challenges,” he said, when asked about the changing of the guard in the state months before the Assembly elections. Opposition CPI(M) MPs boycotted the programme, alleging “fascist-style violence” in the state under BJP rule.

The Trinamool Congress, which is trying to make inroads in the state, claimed the chief minister was changed as the BJP realized that people had lost faith in the state government. Saha, a maxillofacial surgeon who graduated from King George Medical College in Lucknow, was an opposition Congressman before joining the BJP in 2016. He became party chairman in 2020.

A renowned former badminton player, Saha is also the president of the Tripura Cricket Association. Its importance to the BJP stems from its own image and track record, which includes the BJP’s victory in all thirteen civic bodies in the November 2021 elections.

Sources said the move comes after an analysis sent by the RSS to the central BJP leadership indicated there was a need for a changing of the guard in the party and government.

First post: STI




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