Biplab Kumar Deb

1. Former Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb named BJP candidate for West Tripura in Lok Sabha polls.
2. Deb’s nomination replaces Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik’s candidacy for the constituency.
3. This political development signals a significant shift in Tripura’s electoral landscape.

Agartala, March 02: In a significant political move, former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has emerged as the BJP’s candidate for the West Tripura parliamentary constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Deb’s nomination replaces that of heavyweight BJP leader and Union Minister of State Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik.

Previously, Bhoumik contested assembly elections and secured a resounding victory against the CPIM candidate in the Left bastion Dhanpur.

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However, she subsequently resigned from the assembly as per the party’s directive to continue in her central portfolio, leading to her removal from the West Tripura seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Deb, a senior BJP figure credited with laying the foundation of the saffron camp in Tripura, served as Chief Minister from 2018.

He notably became the first BJP Chief Minister of the North Eastern state.

Despite not completing his full term, as directed by the party’s central leadership, Deb resigned from his post and awaited further instructions.

After a stint in the Rajya Sabha, Deb now returns to electoral politics as the BJP’s candidate for West Tripura.

Reports suggest that Pratima Bhoumik is likely to contest as an MLA candidate from the Ramnagar assembly constituency, which became vacant following the untimely death of MLA Surajit Datta.

Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha, BJP State President Rajib Bhattacharjee, and other senior leaders have extended their congratulations to Deb on his nomination as the party’s candidate.