He was away from Tripura for nearly 15 years but once he returned, he ensured a stunning victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state assembly elections. Acknowledging the role played by Biplab Kumar Deb, the party on Tuesday announced that he would be the state’s next Chief Minister.
The 48-year-old will take over from CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar, who was the Chief Minister for 20 years.
Senior BJP leader Jishnu Debbarma will be the Deputy Chief Minister. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Friday.
Called upon to the Hon'ble Governor @tathagata2 ji along with Dy. CM elect Jishnu Dev Varma ji to stake claim to form the Government. Swearing in ceremony to take place on 9th of March 2018 pic.twitter.com/TV2yBe8B9R
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) March 6, 2018
Deb completed his schooling and higher education from Tripura before moving to Delhi, where he stayed for 15 years, working as a volunteer for the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).
He returned after being appointed the state BJP president in January 2016 but his family is still in Delhi. His wife works with a public sector bank.
Biplab Kumar Deb is credited with the success of the intensive door-to-door campaign carried out by the party in a state that was till the other day considered a CPI(M) stronghold. The Left party had ruled the state for nearly 25 years.
The slogan of “Cholo Paltai” (Let’s change) caught the imagination of the electorate, particularly the young, in the run-up to the state assembly elections.
Addressed a rally in Amarpur constituency, despite of my late arrival people's enthusiasm never got an inch down, clearly arrays that people of #Tripura is eagerly waiting for a change @BJP4Tripura#CholoPaltai pic.twitter.com/qahseH74tL
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) February 13, 2018
The party had not won a single seat in the 2013 polls; this time, it won 35 of the 60 assembly seats in the state.
A firm believer in fitness, he is said to have been a regular at gyms during his stay in Delhi. In an interview to NDTV, the Chief Minister-designate said that he used to attend a shakha while he was with the RSS. He began going to gyms after he began working for ministers to keep himself fit and away from youthful indulgences, Deb told the TV channel.