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RSS loyalist Biplab to be Tripura’s 11th Chief Minister

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Agartala: Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb after being elected the leader of the BJP Tripura Legislature Party in Agartala

Agartala, March 6: Biplab Kumar Deb, the Chief Minister-designate of Tripura, has been a long-time RSS volunteer who is largely credited for the BJP’s turnaround in the state elections — winning 35 out 60 assembly seats and demolishing one of the last citadels of the Left Front in the country.

Deb replaced Sudhindra Dasgupta, the longest-serving BJP state president, in January, 2015 after he was handpicked by BJP’s “Prabhari” (central incharge) Sunil Deodhar to lead the party in the state.

BJP leaders say the idea of letting Deb take charge of the party in Tripura was well received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah.

The 48-year-old leader is said to have played a crucial role in making some of the former Congress MLAs join the BJP last year — a move that proved vital in BJP’s spectacular win in the state where the Left Front had been ruling for the last 25 years.

With the slogan “Chollo Paltai” (let’s make a change), Deb led the BJP’s door-to-door campaign that ultimately saw the BJP increasing its vote share to over 43 per cent in the February 18 elections from just 1.5 per cent in 2013.

The BJP had no member in the outgoing assembly as 49 of the 50 candidates it had fielded in 2013 even lost their deposits.

And credit for the turnaround — from nil to 35 seats — goes to Deb, who defeated CPI-M’s Amal Chakraborty in the Banamalipur constituency by a margin of 9,549 votes. This was Deb’s first electoral battle.

He credited the party’s performance to Modi, Shah and all other central and state party leaders who “worked very hard and continuously guided us before and during electioneering”.

“The credit must go to all,” Deb said in his first media interaction after winning the election.

Deb will be the 11th Chief Minister of Tripura succeeding Manik Sarkar, 69, who governed the state for 20 years. He said his priority would be to make Tripura a model state in India in terms of development with the help of the Prime Minister, central ministers, central and state leaders and workers of the BJP.

Born on November 25, 1971 in southern Tripura’s temple city of Udaipur, Deb had completed his graduation from Tripura University in 1999 and went to Delhi before he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a volunteer.

From Delhi, Deb is said to have moved to Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra where he attended RSS camps. He is believed to have spent much of his time at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

Deb is married to Niti Deb, a State Bank of India officer, since 2001. The couple has two children.

According to Deb’s close associate Mrinal Kanti, he is fond of gardening and listening to music.

“Biplab Da’s is a very dedicated, broadminded leader and accepts anyone without any prejudice,” Kanti, who is also BJP spokesman, told IANS

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West Bengal Will Drown In Ganga If BJP Comes To Power: TMC

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Taking the dig at BJP, the Trinamool Congress on Friday said if the BJP manages to come to power in West Bengal, the state will drown in river Ganga just like all the other projects which were powered under the central government, but were unsuccessful.

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy recalled the promises made by the saffron party and said that none of them were fulfilled. He also mocked BJP’s remarks to turn West Bengal into ‘Sonar Bangla’ (golden Bengal) if it emerges triumphant in the assembly elections.

“If this party (BJP) comes to power, then surely Bengal will drown in the Ganga, as all programmes and projects of the Centre have typically flopped, bearing no results,” he alleged.

Attacking the Centre for the demonetisation decision, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2016 promised that black money will be brought back to the country and that each person will receive Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.

“What happened to these promises? GDP growth rate has consistently fallen, unemployment increased and more than 100 people died while standing in queues to withdraw money from ATMs,” he said.

Even Home Minister Amit Shah had said the assurance of depositing Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of people was a “jumla (rhetoric)”, Roy said.

“Similarly, all promises of the Modi government are jumlas,” he said.

Roy alleged that the law and order condition in BJP- ruled states is “horrible”, as was evident during the recent incidents in Hathras and Balarampur.

The TMC leader also said deposit bases of public sector banks are gradually weakening, while those of the private lenders are “growing incrementally”.

After the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, bad loans have swelled, profitability has gone down and write-offs increased.

“I think there is a need for a probe by the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO), as all government and RBI guidelines are being sidelined,” he claimed.

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Nitish Kumar loses cool as media questions him over Bihar’s law and order situation

Nitish Kumar said Bihar DGP SK Singhal has assured him that the police will soon make a breakthrough in the Rupesh Kumar Singh murder case.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lost his cool on Friday when the media questioned him about the law and order situation in the state in the backdrop of the recent murder of Indigo station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh.

Slamming the media for asking him questions, Nitish Kumar accused the media of “trying to demoralise” the police force in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar asserted that police were investigating the Rupesh Kumar murder case from all possible angles and once the accused is arrested, speedy trial will take place in the case to ensure strictest possible punishment.

“The murder of Rupesh Kumar Singh is extremely unfortunate and police are investigating the case. The media should not forget that government was cracking down on crime and criminals,” said Nitish Kumar.

When asked why the Patna Police has failed to crack the case even three days after the murder, Nitish Kumar said the media should inform the police if they have any information pertaining to the case.

“The media should not demoralise the police as they are doing their duty responsibly,” said Nitish Kumar.

The chief minister also said reminded the media of the crimes that used to take place between 1990 and 2005 during Lalu-Rabri regime.

“Media should highlight what was the state of affairs in Bihar before 2005 when crime and violence used to take place. Is the situation in the state today similar to what it was before 2005? Bihar ranks at 23rd place today across the country in crime,” Nitish Kumar said.

He also attacked the media and accused it of “playing in the hands of the Opposition”.

“I want to ask journalists who are they supporting? Why does the media not highlight crimes that used to take place before 2005?” he asked.

Nitish Kumar said Bihar DGP SK Singhal has assured him that the police will soon make a breakthrough in the Rupesh Kumar Singh murder case.

When journalists informed the chief minister that DGP SK Singhal is not taking calls from the media to give information about crimes in the state, Nitish Kumar said he will direct the DGP not to do so.

According to sources, Nitish Kumar after briefing the media called DGP SK Singhal on his mobile phone and told him to take calls from journalists.

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Rahul, Priyanka join Congress protest against farm laws in Delhi

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said the government is working for businessmen and these laws are not in favour of the farmers.

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New Delhi, Jan 15: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday joined a protest march here to show solidarity with the protesting farmers, and walked towards Raj Niwas which houses the residence and office of Delhi’s Lt. Governor.

Later, both went to Jantar Mantar and joined the ongoing protest of the Punjab MPs against the newly passed farm laws.

Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Gandhi said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not respect the farmers… the party is with farmers in support of them till these laws are withdrawn.”

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said the government is working for businessmen and these laws are not in favour of the farmers.

The Congress has been opposing these farm laws for long. They were passed in Parliament after the Congress MPs were suspended along with MPs from the TMC.

The Congress on Friday staged protests at all Raj Bhavans (Governor’s House) across the country and demanded the withdrawal of the farm laws.

In Delhi also a Congress march was taken out against the contentious farm laws.

The party has been demanding the repeal of the laws by the Centre, as demanded by the farmers’ unions who have been on the streets near the borders of Delhi for more than 50 days.

The Congress workers assembled near the Chandgi Ram Akhara and marched towards LG House. They were, however, stopped midway by the police.

In Uttar Pradesh too, state party president Ajay Kumar Lallu and several Congress workers were detained on Friday as they attempted to march towards Raj Bhavan to observe ‘Kisan Adhikar Diwas’.

Scuffles between Congress workers and the police were reported from other places as well as party workers attempted to reach the Raj Bhavans.

Ajay Kumar Lallu said that the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh was infringing on their democratic right to hold a peaceful protest.

“The Congress will continue its fight against this kind of oppression,” he said.

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