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Agartala, Dec 10 (PTI) Crisis ended in the ruling BJP in
Tripura with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb calling off his
"public opinion test" on whether he should continue in the
office or not due to dissidence against him in the party.
Deb cancelled the mandate event he had fixed on December
13 following intervention of BJP president J P Nadda, state
observer Vinod Sonkar and the state ministers and BJP
legislators reposing faith in him.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarma said Thursday that
Nadda and Sonkar spoke with Deb and urged him to call off the
"public opinion test" scheduled on Sunday.
"Besides, all the ministers and BJP MLAs met Deb and urged
him to call off the public opinion gathering on December 13.
He has accepted our request. There will be no such programme",
Devvarma told reporters here.
Over 24 BJP legislators, including all six ministers of
the party, visited CM Deb at his official residence late
Wednesday evening and held a meeting for nearly two hours in
course of which all of them reposed faith in his leadership.
After they came out, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs
Manoj Kanti Deb said, "Though we met chief minister in a
courtesy call, all party MLAs and ministers have clearly said
they want Biplab Deb to continue as Chief Minister".
BJP has 36 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly in Tripura,
while its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) has
8 legislators and the rest 16 are with opposition CPI-M.
A group of BJP supporters had shouted slogans ''Biplab
Hatao, BJP Bachao'' (Remove Biplab, Save BJP) last Sunday
during BJP''s state observer Vinod Sonkars visit in Tripura.
Irked by it, Deb had announced on Tuesday that he will
seek peoples mandate in an open field on December 13.
He also announced that he would resign from his post and
leave if people wanted.
A group of disgruntled BJP MLAs had met Nadda in October
and expressed their grievances about the alleged bad
governance in the state.
Legislator Sudip Roy Barman, who had criticised Deb on
several occasions before being axed as the health minister in
June, was considered the leader of the dissident group.
BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said the party high
command is investigating as who raised slogans against Deb.
A gym instructor-turned-politician, Deb (51) had become
chief minister of the northeastern state in March 2018 ending
the Left Front''s 25-year-rule in Tripura. PTI JOY
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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