Agartala, March 5: A day after the Tripura Assembly election results were declared, efforts were on to form the first BJP-led government in one of India’s last Left strongholds on Sunday.
“BJP Parliamentary Board on Saturday appointed Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram as central observers. They are likely to meet the newly-elected MLAs on Tuesday to ascertain their views on government formation and to elect legislature group leader,” Bharatiya Jata Party Tripura Pradesh President Biplab Kumar Deb told the media.
“The BJP ministry in Tripura would likely to assume office within this week. Prime Minister rendra Modi, party President Amit Shah and many central leaders are likely to be present during the swearing-in ceremony, date of which would be filised after getting the Prime Minister’s schedule,” he said.
Deb refused to me the probable Chief Ministerial candidate of the BJP. “The party would decide everything,” he added. According to the BJP leader, a combined meeting of the newly elected legislators of the BJP and its ally — the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) — would also be held on Tuesday to discuss the government formation. Many BJP leaders in the state said that Tripura Pradesh President Biplab Kumar Deb is the most favoured leader for the post of Chief Minister.
Deb, who defeated the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) nominee and the party’s youth leader Amal Chakraborty in the Bamalipur constituency by a margin of 9,549 votes, won the electoral battle in his maiden attempt. “BJP leaders would try to accommodate women, tribal, schedule caste and youth leaders in its ministry. Regiol representation would also be kept in mind,” a BJP leader said. (IANS)