RS poll: Ex-Tripura CM Biplab Deb to take on former Left minister


Agartala:Former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who submitted his nomination papers on Monday as BJP nominee, will tackle CPI-M led Left Entrance candidate and former Tripura Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha within the September 22 elections to the lone Rajya Sabha seat within the state.

Deb, 51, accompanied by Chief Minister Manik Saha, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, Union Minister Pratima Bhowmik, BJP state celebration President Rajib Bhattacharjee, submitted his candidature to the returning officer S. Mog. Deb’s election to the Rajya Sabha is nearly sure because the ruling BJP (36) together with its ally — Indigenous People’s Entrance of Tripura (8) — has the power of 44 within the 60-member Meeting whereas the opposition CPI-M has 15 MLAs.

Expressing his gratitude to the Central management, Deb tweeted, “Submitted my nomination as a BJP candidate for the Rajya Sabha election from Tripura. Tripura CM Shri Manik Saha, Dy CM Jishnu Dev Varma, MoS, Sushree Pratima Bhowmik, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Whip , MLAs and party colleagues accompanied me for filing nomination.”

Earlier than nominating Deb as Rajya Sabha candidate, earlier on Friday, BJP President JP Nadda appointed him because the state observer of Haryana. On May 14, Deb stepped down from the publish of Chief Minister following the instructions of the Central leaders. The BJP, nevertheless, is but to reveal why Deb was faraway from the highest publish.

Dental surgeon-turned-politician Manik Saha, who grew to become Chief Minister on May 15, and was elected to the Meeting within the June 23 by-elections, resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 4, inflicting the emptiness.

The lone Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman, in accordance with the celebration sources, is more likely to help the CPI-M led Left Entrance nominee within the RS polls. The election officers would scrutinize the nomination papers on Tuesday and counting of votes of the September 22 elections would happen on the identical day.

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