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Tripura: Former CM Biplab Kumar Deb elected as Rajya Sabha MP

Former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was on Thursday elected to the Rajya Sabha by winning a by-election to the lone seat in the state.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Tripura: Former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was on Thursday elected to the Rajya Sabha by winning a by-election to the lone seat in the state. This expected victory gives the Bharatiya Janata Party a comfortable force in the Rajya Sabha.

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Deb secured 43 votes and defeated CPM candidate and former Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha, who got only 15 votes.

The BJP has 36 seats in the 60-member assembly and its alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has seven seats, the CPM has only 15 members and the Congress has one seat.According to reports, the lone Congress MLA did not cast his vote.

After the victory, Dev wrote on his Twitter, “Gratitude to BJP and IPFT MLAs of Tripura for electing me as Rajya Sabha MP. Thanks to PM Shri @narendramodi ji, President of @BJP4India Shri @JPNadda ji and HM Shri @AmitShah for giving me the opportunity to represent Tripura in Rajya Sabha. With the blessings of Mata Tripurasundari, I will continue to serve the dear people of Tripura till my last breath.”

The Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after Manik Saha resigned to replace Deb as chief minister.
After spending 16 years in Delhi, Deb returned to Tripura in 2015 as the in-charge of the BJP’s Mahajan Sampark campaign, three years before the state assembly elections.

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A year later, he became the state BJP president and became the CM in 2018 after his party came to power in alliance with IPFT, a regional indigenous political party.

After his abrupt resignation on 14 May, Deb was hardly seen in political activities in the first few weeks, except for Saha on a few occasions. Incidentally, Saha was once considered close to Deb.

This Rajya Sabha seat was held by Jharna Das Baidya for two terms from 2010. To recall, Das sparked controversy in 2017 by threatening BJP supporters that they would not be spared if the Left Front came back to power in 2018.

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