BJP central leadership has shunted Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb out of Karnataka election campaign. Instead the party has entrusted the responsibility to Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma.
The move suggests that BJP’s top rung are not ready to take any chance with the motormouth Tripura chief minister. Of late, Deb has hit the national and international media headlines for his remarks that have left the party in an embarrassing situation.
Earlier the CM’s office claimed that the Chief Minister would take part in the Karnataka election campaign. It was stated that BJP president Amit Shah had asked all the Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states including Tripura to join the election campaign in Karnataka and Deb after his pre-scheduled programme in the national capital would move for Karnataka.
Sources within the BJP informed Northeast Now that the Karnataka BJP had asked the party leadership to remove Biplab Deb’s name from the list of star campaigners following his several controversial remarks. BJP president Amit Shah then preferred Jishnu Dev Varma to Biplab Deb and asked him to go to Karnataka for electioneering.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma went to Karnataka on Saturday evening and stayed there for four days. He campaigned in tribal dominated areas of Karnataka.