Manik Saha retains top post in Tripura BJP overhaul, gets some fresh faces

Published on Mar 07, 2022 01:55 AM IST

With Manik Saha as the state president, the 27-member new Tripura BJP leadership includes seven vice presidents, three general secretaries, six secretaries and seven spokespersons

Tripura BJP president Manik Saha has been retained as the president of the state BJP committee (Twitter/DrManikSaha2)
Tripura BJP president Manik Saha has been retained as the president of the state BJP committee (Twitter/DrManikSaha2)
ByPriyanka Deb Barman

AGARTALA: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday reconstituted the party’s Tripura committee with some fresh faces as part of an effort to ready the party’s state team that will play a lead role in the assembly elections expected next year.

The BJP has retained Manik Saha in the leadership role despite some complaints from a section of party leaders. The new 27-member committee includes seven vice presidents, three general secretaries, six secretaries and seven spokespersons.

Lok Sabha parliamentarian Rebati Tripura, BJP Mahila Morcha national executive member Uttara Debbarma and party leader Amit Rakshit have been brought in as new vice presidents. Out of seven spokespersons, three are new faces.

BJP spokesperson Subrata Chakraborty stressed that the party leaders who havn’t found a place in the new committee will be accommodated in other roles. “The members from the earlier state committee who were excluded have not been dropped. They will be given separate responsibilities.”

The BJP won 36 assembly seats in the 2018 elections and formed the government in alliance with its partner, Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) which had 8 seats in the 60-member assembly, evicting Manik Sarkar of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who had held the top spot since 1998.

Three BJP legislators have since then left the party. Asish Das joined the All India Trinamool Congress last year. Last month, Sudip Roy Barman and Asish Kumar Saha, also quit the BJP and joined Congress.

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