Amidst post-poll violence, a meeting was convened by BJP’s Legislative body on Tuesday which elected Biplab Deb and Jishnu Debbarma to head the new government as chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively.
Following his selection by the party’s Legislative body, Biplab Deb has called on Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy staking his claim to form the new government.
Following poll results declared on March 3, Tripura has been marred by violence, beginning with an attack on the CPI-(M) sub-divisional offices across Tripura and demolition of Lenin’s statue at Belonia, South Tripura, allegedly by BJP workers.
Tripura CPI-(M) Secretary Haripada Das told reporters: “Over 240 people have been injured in attacks on party offices and left-backed trade unions. Homes of leaders have not been spared either.”
Das pinned the blame on BJP and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) supporters for the attacks.
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On the contrary, the BJP counter-alleged that CPI-(M) unleashed attacks on 49 of its supporters. Out of them, 17 have been hospitalized.
BJP State Vice President, Subal Bhowmik said: “A section of CPI-(M) workers who migrated to BJP following poll results is creating unrest in parts of the state.”
The police said that it has received four complaints regarding violence from various parts of the state over the last 48 hours. Three people have been arrested in connection with the events.
According to official sources, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked the Governor of Tripura and state police chief to keep violence in check until a new government is in place.
Section 144 of the Indian CrPC has been promulgated across 13 police stations under the jurisdiction of the West Tripura district administration.
Deputy Chief Minister-designate Jishnu Debbarma is yet to be elected as a Member of the Tripura Legislative Assembly.
Jishnu Debbarma was a contestant of the Charilam Assembly constituency. However, polls were deferred in that particular constituency owing to the death of sitting CPI-(M) legislator Ramendra Narayan Debbarma on February.
Bypolls will be held there on March 12.