Biplab Kumar Deb, who could be the next chief minister (CM) of India's Tripura state, has his roots in Kachua upazila in Chandpur.
Biplab's father late Hirudhan Deb hailed from Meghdair village under Sohodebpur Purbo union of the upazila. Hirudhan and his wife Mina Rani Deb migrated to India during the Liberation War of 1971.
Biplab was born in India, but his mother conceived him while the family was in Bangladesh. The family later settled in that country.
Biplab's paternal uncle Prandhan Deb, president of Kachua upazila unit of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, confirmed the matter to this correspondent on Sunday.
Prandhan Deb said: “My nephew is going to take the office of the topmost post in a state of India. We request you to keep him in your prayers. May he be able to retain this honour, achieved at such a young age.”
Meanwhile, Chandpur-1 MP Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir congratulated Biplab for being elected as an MLA of the Tripura assembly.
It can also be mentioned that Biplab was a member of the BJP delegation that joined the central council of Bangladesh Awami League in Dhaka last year. He visited his ancestral home at that time. His wife, Niti Rani Deb, senior officer of State Bank of India, also accompanied him during the visit.
Forty-year-old Biplab Kumar Deb is the youngest state chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is likely to take the office of the Tripura chief minister as BJP scored an overwhelming win in the state assembly election, according to NDTV.
It is a huge turnaround for BJP, which had no MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) in the 60-member house and had got only around 1.5% vote in the assembly election five years back. The BJP its alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) bagged 43 seats. The elections to 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly were held on February 18, according to The Indian Express.