Biplab Kumar Deb of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be the new Chief Minister of Tripura after the newly-elected legislators of the party chose him as their leader here today.
Briefing newspersons after a meeting of the legislative party, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was the Central observer, said he had heard all the MLAs and that they had unanimously chosen Mr. Deb, 48, as their leader.
He said Mr. Deb would meet Governor Tathagata Roy and stake claim to forming the new government in the state.
The BJP had won an impressive victory in the February 18 elections to the state legislative assembly, winning 35 of the 59 seats for which polling was held, ending 25 years of Left Front rule.
The BJP's partner, the tribal-based Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), picked up eight seats, while the Communist Party of India (Marxist), could get only 16 seats.
Mr. Deb told journalists that veteran BJP tribal leader Jishnu Deb Burman would the Deputy Chief Minister.
Mr. Deb has been the state BJP president since January 2016 and had led his party in last month's elections. He has been elected to the Assembly from Banamalipur constituency.
Meanwhile, violence has been reported from many parts of the state since the election results were announced on Saturday, with both the CPI (M) and the BJP alleging that the other side had attacked their activists.
A statue of Communist revolutionary hero Lenin was razed by a group of people at Belonia on Monday.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh talked to Governor Roy this morning and enquired about the situation. He said peace must be ensured.
In a statement, the Polit Bureau of the CPI (M) today strongly condemned the violence and arson and accused RSS and BJP activists of targeting its offices and cadres.
"The destruction of the statue of Lenin, is symbolic of the rabid anti – communist, anti – democratic fascistic character of the RSS," it said.
"These attacks clearly demonstrate, once again, that the RSS/BJP rely mainly on unleashing political violence as means to advance their inherent anti-democratic agenda," it said.
A delegation of the CPI(M) and Left Parties MPs submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister in Parliament in Delhi today, detailing the incidents of such attacks, and urged him to intervene and stop the violence before the situation got out of hand.
The BJP denied the allegations and asserted that it did not practice the culture of violence.