Tripura cabinet expansion soon? Tripura CM meets PM Modi

Tripura, July 18: An expansion of the Tripura cabinet is likely to take place soon. With an eye on the 2023 Assembly elections in the State, the BJP-led Tripura Government is all set to induct more members into the cabinet.

More than three years after coming to power in Tripura following the defeat of the two decades old Marxist government, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) coalition government is planning to induct new faces in the state cabinet, people in the party privy to the development said on condition of anonymity.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb inducted eight ministers in 2018 while keeping home, general administration, PWD, labour, information and cultural affairs, industry and commerce portfolios with him.

Later, in 2019, Sudip Roy Barman, who was the health minister, was dropped from the cabinet following alleged anti-party activities and Deb, himself, took over the charge. Four cabinet berths are still vacant.

There are also chances that few of the serving Tripura cabinet ministers will be shown the door to accommodate ‘deserving’ MLAs.

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A senior leader of the Tripura BJP informed that the saffron party’s central leadership has given a go-ahead for a cabinet re-shuffle and expansion. 

Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb, recently, was in New Delhi, where he called on several top central BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed possible cabinet reshuffle and expansion in the state. 

Biplab Kumar Deb also discussed his government’s initiative for economic development through Agar cultivation and requested a larger quota for its export.