New Tripura CM Manik Saha's Appointment Not Unanimous, BJP Meeting Saw Scuffle: Report

When Saha's name was proposed in the BJP meeting, minister Ram Prasad Paul protested, which led to a scuffle among MLAs, sources told PTI.

New Tripura CM Manik Saha with other leaders

The election of Rajya Sabha MP Manik Saha as Tripura's new chief minister was not unanimous as minister Ram Prasad Paul protested, leading to a scuffle among MLAs, according to a PTI report.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday made Saha the new Tripura CM after Biplab Kumar Deb resigned earlier in the day.

Saha was elected as the legislature party leader at a meeting at the CM's official residence soon after Deb tendered his resignation to Governor SN Arya. Saha is the BJP's state unit chief.

As Deb proposed the 69-year-old Saha's name in the meeting, minister Ram Prasad Paul protested, which led to a scuffle among MLAs. Paul also broke a few chairs before the situation was calmed, sources told PTI.

Paul wanted deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma, a member of the erstwhile Tripura royal family, as the next chief minister of the state, sources tokd PTI.

Senior BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav and Vinod Tawde were observers for the election of the legislature party leader.

"I was a common worker of the party and will continue to be so," Saha told reporters after being named the next chief minister.

Deb, 50, resigned a day after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda in New Delhi.

"Party is above all. I am a loyal worker of the BJP. I hope I have done justice to the responsibilities that were given to me -- whether it was as BJP state president or as Tripura chief minister. I have worked for the overall development of Tripura, and to ensure peace for the people of the state," Deb said after resigning.

"The 2023 election is coming, and the party wants a responsible organiser to take charge of the affairs here. Because, a government can only be formed if the organisation is strong," he said, explaining the party's decision to give him organisational responsibilities.

Deb was appointed the chief minister after the BJP stormed to power in 2018, ending 25 years of Left Front rule in the Northeastern state.

(With PTI inputs)