Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma called on President Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday, for the first time after taking over as the CM and Deputy CM, in the national capital.
Biplab Kumar Deb was sworn in recently as the Chief Minister of the State, ending the 25 long years of Left rule and leaving the once seemingly invincible Marxists in power only in Kerala.
Chief Minister Deb, the incumbent Tripura BJP President, and all his Cabinet colleagues became ministers for the first time in a border state where for decades the BJP virtually did not exist.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the swearing-in ceremony of Biplab Kumar Deb on March 9.
In the February 18 polls, the BJP won 35 seats in the 60-member Assembly and the IPFT eight. The CPI-M got 16 seats while Left Front partners — Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party — drew a blank. So did the Congress.