Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday tendered his resignation before Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy, following an electoral debacle in the state’s Legislative Assembly election.
Manik Sarkar won in his constituency in Dhanpur, but his party CPI-(M), which led the 25-year old Left Front government, cut a sorry figure with 16 seats in the hilly state of northeast India.
The remaining constituents - CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP drew a blank by forfeiting their security deposits.
Meanwhile, the governor asked the outgoing chief minister to continue till a new government takes oath of office.
Prior to his resignation, the outgoing chief minister paid floral tributes to deceased CPI-(M) Minister Khagendra Jamatia at the state party headquarters in Melarmath, Agartala.
Jamatia passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Friday (March 2), only a day before the declaration of poll results.
The Chief Minister-designate Biplab Deb was also present there to pay tribute to the deceased CPI-(M) minister.
Following a courtesy exchange, Biplab Deb touched the feet of Manik Sarkar and sought his blessings as a token of respect.