BJP appointed former Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to lead Haryana

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Biplab Kumar Deb, a former chief minister of Tripura, was chosen on Friday to lead the BJP in Haryana.

State in-charges and co-in-charges were revealed on Friday in a notification from Arun Singh, the BJP’s national general secretary and office in-charge. Biplab Kumar Deb, a former chief minister of Tripura, was named the party’s in-charge for Haryana on the list, and Tripura’s in-charge was Dr. Mahesh Sharma, an MP from Uttar Pradesh. Vinod Sonkar would be replaced by Sharma as the state in-charge of the party.

Biplab Deb previously worked for both the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Delhi, where he helped the party win by toppling the Left’s 25-year dominance up until February 2018.

On November 25, 1971, he was born to Jana Sangha organiser Hirudhan Deb in the Rajdhar Nagar neighbourhood of Jamjuri, a small town in the Gomati district, 60 kilometres south of Agartala. His upbringing was rather modest; he was raised in a rural home by a middle-class family.

Deb finished his undergraduate studies at Netaji Subhash Mahavidyalaya, a public degree-granting institution located in Udaipur, the administrative centre for the Gomati district, in 1999.

Soon after completing his undergraduate education, the now-52-year-old political figurehead moved to Delhi, where he studied under the guidance of seasoned Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) theorists like Govindacharya and Krishnagopal Sharma.

Deb visited Delhi for sixteen years before making his way back to Tripura in 2015. His lectures were a blend of Hindi, Bengali, and English, and he was an aggressive speaker in his own unique way.

He was given control of the BJP’s public outreach initiative, the Maha Sampark Abhiyan, as the saffron camp set its sights on the assembly elections in three years.

A year later, in January 2016, Biplab, who was then considered to be this young, energising leader waging a Right-wing political crusade against the then-reigning communist government, was appointed state president of the BJP.

He took over the party’s state committee from the late Sudhindra Dasgupta, who was also the state’s longest-serving BJP president at the time. Two years later, he formed Tripura’s first-ever BJP-led government in coalition with tribal partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

However, after serving in the administration for four years, he abruptly resigned in May of this year, and Dr. Manik Saha, a dental surgeon, was appointed to take his place.

Since then, Deb has stated repeatedly that he resigned in order to strive to improve the Tripura party organisation in front of the 2023 Assembly election.

In addition to selecting party spokesperson Sambit Patra as prabhari or in-charge for northeast states with Rituraj Sinha as the co-in-charge, the notification that named Deb as the in-charge for Haryana also named party in-charges for 13 other states.