12:24 (IST)Ravi Shankar Prasad congratulates Biplab Kumar Deb and his Council of Ministers
12:22 (IST)Pranojit Singh Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb and other members of Tripura Cabinet take their oath
12:16 (IST)Jishnu Debbarma takes his oath as the deputy chief minister Tripura's royal family scion Jishnu Debbarma is also the BJP nominee for Charilam assembly constituency (reserved for tribals), where election was countermanded following the death of the Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and it would be held on Monday.
12:14 (IST)WATCH: Swearing-in ceremony of Biplab Deb Kumar and others in Agartala
12:11 (IST)Biplab Deb Kumar sworn in as Tripura chief minister
12:02 (IST)Visuals of the ceremony from the venue in Agartala
12:01 (IST)Top BJP leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, at the venue Former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar can be seen talking to BJP leaders at the venue.
11:54 (IST)Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani to be in attendance as well
11:53 (IST)Narendra Modi arrives in Agartala to attend ceremony
11:52 (IST)Tripura BJP leader Sunil Deodhar says Biplab Deb's swearing-in is 'massive event' According to the The Indian Express, Tripura BJP leader Sunil Deodhar said the swearing-in of a BJP government for the first time in the northeastern state is a massive event. "This is a massive event. But by 2019, when Narendra Modi becomes prime minister once more, we will hold an even bigger celebration," he said.
11:36 (IST)Here's a look at Biplab Kumar Deb's political career
11:24 (IST)Amit Shah visits Maa Tripura Sundari temple ahead of swearing-in
11:17 (IST)Sarbananda Sonowal to attend Biplab Deb's swearing-in
11:10 (IST)BJP will help Tripura usher in new era of development, good governance
11:06 (IST)'History scripted as Red Bastion turns into saffron fortress': Himanta Sarma Biswas
11:01 (IST)Host of top BJP leaders and functionaries to attend ceremony Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a host of central ministers and leaders and chief ministers of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states would attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Council of Ministers. BJP's Tripura unit vice president Subal Bhowmik told IANS that Amit Shah, BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav, general secretary (organisation) Ajay Jamwal and Assam minister and Tripura election-in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma, among other leaders, "held a series of meetings with the state leaders to select the ministers, assembly Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other important functionaries".
10:53 (IST)Vladimir Lenin statues pulled down in Tripura: History is unforgiving, especially to those who wish to control it In India, where memory is ideologically driven, there were copycat acts of vandalism targeting the busts of leaders and ideologues (who stood for a specific narrative) in other parts of the country, as per this Firstpost article. A stern warning from the country's prime minister has so far kept an uneasy truce on this monument massacre project. Meanwhile, another battle is taking place in the Indian media — the intellectuals defending or criticising the right to destroy the busts, statues or monuments. While the Left cries foul on the bulldozing and toppling of its ideologue Lenin's statue, the Right has defended its position by stressing that it is at best an exercise in selective amnesia. The Right argues, the Left shall do well by remembering its own acts of vandalism and destruction orchestrated in the 1960s and 1970s in West Bengal when "it routinely disfigured the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda".
10:39 (IST)Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to attend ceremony too
10:36 (IST)NPP chief Conrad Sangma wishes Biplab Kumar Deb ahead of his taking over Manik Sarkar's reins
10:34 (IST)Narendra Modi to attend Biplab Deb's swearing-in ceremony Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday attend the swearing-in ceremony of chief minister-elect Biplab Deb in Tripura, official sources said. The swearing-in will also mark the BJP taking over the reins of the state for the first time. The BJP alliance in the northeastern state has won 43 out of the 60 assembly seats, ending nearly 25 years of the Left rule in Tripura.
10:29 (IST)BJP president Amit Shah reaches Agartala on Thursday
10:27 (IST)Security beefed up in Agartala ahead of swearing-in ceremony West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Ramteke and West District Police chief Abhijit Saptarshi are supervising the administrative and security arrangements for the swearing-in-ceremony of the new BJP government at the Assam Rifles ground. "People would attend the swearing-in-ceremony from all across the state. In view of the possible arrival of the prime minister and other VVIPs in Friday's swearing-in-ceremony, elaborate security arrangements are being put in place," Saptarshi told the media. -IANS
10:23 (IST)No statues vandalised in Tripura, it is happening in Mamata's Bengal: BJP national secretary Ram Madhav
10:21 (IST)Since announcement of Tripura polls results, 400 offices of Left parties attacked Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar said that since the declaration of Assembly election results on Saturday, around 400 offices of the Left parties and frontal organisations were attacked, 85 party offices burnt down, 315 offices of various Left parties and frontal organisations were forcibly occupied, 1,704 houses belonging to Left members and supporters attacked and around 200 houses set on fire. He claimed that 290 shops owned by Left members and supporters were burnt down, 10 rubber gardens destroyed, over 600 Left members and supporters assaulted badly, 10 vehicles damaged. This had forced thousands of persons to take refuge elsewhere in the state. - IANS
10:19 (IST)Left Front leaders to boycott swearing-in ceremony to protest 'large scale violence' The Left Front leaders will boycott the swearing-in of the BJP-led government spearheaded by Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday to protest "large-scale violence" in Tripura after the Assembly elections, Left leaders said on Thursday. However, outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and elected leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) will attend the ceremony, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah would be present.
10:11 (IST)After Ram Madhav, Biplab Deb invite Manik Sarkar, Left parties to boycott swearing-in ceremony Following BJP national secretary Ram Madhav and incoming Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb personally invited four-time chief minister Manik Sarkar, Left parties have reportedly announced that they will be boycotting the ceremony. It was also reported that Sarkar accepted the invite.
10:05 (IST)Biplab Kumar Deb gets his inspiration, energy from people of Tripura "All these people coming to see me (at the swearing-in ceremony). They are my inspiration. I get my energy from them. I get my dal roti from them," says Biplab Kumar Deb told NDTV, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony on Friday.
10:01 (IST)Visuals of preparations for swearing-in ceremony in Agartala
09:59 (IST)Biplab Kumar Deb — 'Big B' to his supporters — is a staunch RSS supporter The newest chief minister-to be Biplab Deb Kumar has had a deep-rooted interest in RSS. Born in 1969 and raised in Tripura, he trained under top RSS leaders for 15 years in Delhi, after completing his college education, according to NDTV. Two years ago he was sent back to Tripura and given the task of building a strong base for the RSS and BJP in the Left bastion state. He is fondly known as "Big B" to his supporters.
09:38 (IST)In rare gesture, Ram Madhav, CM Biplab Deb go to Tripura CPM's office, with invite An unusual visitor knocked on the doors of four-time chief minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar. BJP national secretary Ram Madhav called on the outgoing chief minister after he moved out of the official residence and moved into the CPM office in Agartala. Ram Madhav and Chief Minister-elect Biplab Kumar Deb made a rare visit to the CPM party office that is going to be Sarkar's home to invite him to Deb's swearing-in ceremony. Madhav tweeted about this later, "Called on former CM of Tripura Sh Manik Sarkar at d CPM office and invited him to d oath ceremony of d new govt tomorrow. True to his character he has shifted to d party office immediately after resigning as CM post the election. Something for leaders to emulate."
09:33 (IST)Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to attend ceremony The swearing-in ceremony of the new Tripura Cabinet will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and all the chief ministers of BJP ruled states.
09:29 (IST)Manik Sarkar might shift to govt quarter if allocated by BJP govt CPM office secretary Haripada Das said Manik Sarkar had asserted that he would "eat what is cooked in the party office kitchen". "He has already sent packets of books and clothes and some CDs to the party office. Sarkar might shift to a government quarter if he is allocated one by the new government," Das said. Sarkar's wife also told PTI that she would be donating Marxist literature and books to the party office library and the Birchandra Central library in the city.
09:25 (IST)Manik Sarkar to make CPM office his new home Outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar will be shifting to his new residence — the CPM state committee office after BJP's Biplab Kumar Deb swears in as the new chief minister today. Sarkar, who has ruled the state for 20 years, is in the process of checking out of his official residence on Marx-Engels Sarani, about 500 metres from his new home, CPI(M) state party secretary Bijan Dhar told reporters. "He would be moving into the party office in a few hours. Sarkar would be living in one room of the party office guest house with his wife Panchali Bhattacharya," he said.
09:21 (IST)People inspire me, says new Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb Speaking to NDTV ahead of taking charge of Tripura, Biplab Deb said, "People inspire me...they are my dal, roti (staple)." Deb has also assured the people of Tripura of development, something which 'wasn't done by the previous government'. Deb said, "I love the people of Tripura. I even love the Communist and Manik Sarkar, but I am annoyed that they got so much time but didn't utilise the resources of the state to develop it. We will rebuild it from scratch."
07:06 (IST)Tripura to welcome first BJP govt in state; Biplab Kumar Deb to be sworn in as chief minister today Biplab Kumar Deb will be sworn in as the chief minister of Tripura at the Assam Rifles ground in Agartala on Friday which will usher in the first BJP government in the northeastern state.
Biplab Deb is new chief minister of Tripura latest updates: BJP's Biplab Deb took his oath as the chief minister of Tripura on Thursday noon. He is the first BJP chief minister in the northeastern state which was previously controlled by the CPM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Agartala on Thursday morning ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the first BJP-led government in Tripura. Chief minister-elect Biplab Deb and Governor Tathagatha Roy received him.
Fifteen chief ministers from BJP-ruled states, including Vijay Rupani, Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, are among those who will be attending the swearing-in ceremony in Agartala.
Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for chief minister-elect Biplab Deb in Tripura, elaborate security arrangements have been made in Agartala, around the Assam Rifles ground. Prime Narendra Modi, and BJP president Amit Shah are among the top saffron party leaders who will attend Friday's ceremony.
Following Biplab Kumar Deb's invite to four-time chief minister Manik Sarkar to attend the swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Left parties reportedly said they will be boycotting it after reports emerged Sarkar accepted the invitation.
An unusual visitor knocked on the doors of four-time chief minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar. BJP national secretary Ram Madhav called on the outgoing chief minister after he moved out of the official residence and moved into the CPM office in Agartala.
Ram Madhav and Chief Minister-elect Biplab Kumar Deb made a rare visit to the CPM party office that is going to be Sarkar's home to invite him to Deb's swearing-in ceremony. Madhav tweeted about this later, "Called on former CM of Tripura Sh Manik Sarkar at d CPM office and invited him to d oath ceremony of d new govt tomorrow. True to his character he has shifted to d party office immediately after resigning as CM post the election. Something for leaders to emulate."
BJP president Amit Shah and senior party leaders arrived in Agartala on Thursday ahead of formation of a BJP-led government in Tripura on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informed party sources said in Agartala.
Apart from Modi, a host of central ministers and leaders and chief ministers of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states would attend the swearing-in-ceremony of chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Council of Ministers.
BJP's Tripura unit vice president Subal Bhowmik told IANS that Amit Shah, BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav, general secretary (organisation) Ajay Jamwal and Assam minister and Tripura election-in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma, among other leaders, "held a series of meetings with the state leaders to select the ministers, assembly Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other important functionaries".
He said that Sarma, who is the convenor of the BJP-led anti-Congress alliance, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), on Wednesday held a meeting here with the saffron party's electoral ally IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura) and returned to Guwahati.
IPFT president Narendra Chandra Debbarma said the party has demanded four ministerial berths from the BJP and "we have discussed with Sarma and other leaders accordingly".
"We are yet to confirm how many ministerial berths would be offered to us. Discussions are still on," Debbarma told IANS.
Chief minister-designate Deb announced on Tuesday that the party's tribal leader Jishnu Debbarma will be deputy chief minister.
Tripura's royal family scion Jishnu Debbarma is the BJP nominee for Charilam assembly constituency (reserved for tribals), where election was countermanded following the death of the Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and it would be held on Monday.
The BJP and the IPFT swept the 18 February polls, winning 43 of the 59 seats.
The BJP secured 35 seats in the 60-member Assembly and the IPFT, a tribal-based party, eight. The CPM got 16 seats while the Left Front partners — Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party — besides once main opposition Congress drew blank.
A non-Left government would assume office on Friday for the first time in a quarter of a century.
BJP's Bhowmik also said that in the Deb-led government there would be representation of woman, youth, leaders of tribals and Scheduled Castes and other backward communities.
Meanwhile, all the outgoing ministers, including Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, are leaving their official residences and checking into MLA hostel, party offices and rented houses.
West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Ramteke and West District Police chief Abhijit Saptarshi are supervising the administrative and security arrangements for the swearing-in-ceremony of the new BJP government at the Assam Rifles ground.
"People would attend the swearing-in-ceremony from all across the state. In view of the possible arrival of the Prime Minister and other VVIPs in Friday's swearing-in-ceremony, elaborate security arrangements are being put in place," Saptarshi told the media.
With inputs from IANS