Biplab Kumar Deb
B.K Deb (cropped).jpg
Member of the Tripura Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
3 March 2018
Preceded byGopal Chandra Roy
ConstituencyBanamalipur
10th Chief Minister of Tripura
In office
9 March 2018[1] – 14 May 2022
GovernorSatyadev Narayan Arya
Ramesh Bais
Kaptan Singh Solanki
Tathagata Roy
DeputyJishnu Dev Varma
Preceded byManik Sarkar
Succeeded byManik Saha
President Tripura Bharatiya Janata Party
In office
2016–2018
Personal details
Born (1971-11-25) 25 November 1971 (age 50)
Rajdhar Nagar village, Gomati district, Tripura, India[2][3]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
affiliations
National Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Niti Deb
Children2 (1 daughter and 1 son)
Residence(s)Shyamaprasad Mukerjee Lane, Agartala[4]
Alma materTripura University

Biplab Kumar Deb (born 25 November 1971)[5] is an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Tripura. He was the state unit president of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tripura from 7 January 2016 up to 2018. He led the BJP to victory in the 2018 Legislative Assembly Election, ending the twenty-five year rule of the Left Front government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He took his oath as the tenth Chief Minister of Tripura on 9 March 2018.[6][7] Deb resigned from the post on 14 May 2022, a year ahead of elections.[8]

Early life

Biplab Deb was born on 25 November 1971 in Rajdhar Nagar village, Udaipur, Gomati district, Tripura.[5][9] His parents had migrated to India as refugees from Chandpur District, East Pakistan during liberation war in 1971 before his birth.[10][11] His father is a citizen of India since 27 June 1967.[12] He spent his childhood and schooling days in Tripura, completing his graduation from Tripura University before shifting to New Delhi.[5][13] He later returned to Tripura after an absence of 15 years.[14]

Political career

Deb was elected the President of Tripura state unit of BJP in January 2017 replacing Sudhindra Dasgupta who was BJP's longest serving state president. He started his political career by campaigning for the 2018 state election. He began his campaign from the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council which was believed to be the base of the then governing CPI(M).[15]

On 8 August 2017 Biplab Deb helped bring about the defection of Indian National Congress MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He led the local BJP into the 2018 Legislative Assembly election, attempting to gain office after 25 years of Left Front rule.

Chief Minister

Deb contested the election from Banamalipur Constituency in Agartala and won by a margin of 9,549 votes, which was held by Indian National Congress MLA Gopal Roy. Deb led the Tripura's Election campaign and defeated Left Front after 25 years by winning 44 seats with his ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura out of possible 60 seats in Tripura.[16][17][18]

Deb campaigned on the subject of youth employment opportunities, which he promised to improve if elected Chief Minister of Tripura.[19] He also promised the employees of Tripura that he would implement the 7th Pay Commission once get elected.[20] Deb brought in key BJP ministers from across India to campaign for the party in Tripura.[21][22]

He took his oath as the 10th Chief Minister of Tripura on 9 March 2018.[23] He resigned from the post on 14 May 2022.[8][24]

Controversies

In April 2018, Deb stirred nationwide controversy by comparing the internet and satellite with the character Sanjay of Mahabharata, as Sanjay have the blessings to see what is happening in the outside world from the house through his eyes.[25]

He also made controversial remarks on the Civil Service Examination, stating that only civil engineers should sit for civil service exams.[26]

He claimed that the oxygen levels will automatically rise in water bodies if ducks swim in them and wants every family to rear ducks and that his government plans to distribute 50,000 ducklings to villagers who lived near water bodies.[27]

While addressing a function, Deb once again was surrounded in controversy after he said Rabindranath Tagore returned his Nobel Prize in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.[25]

In November 2019, Deb claimed, "The Mughals intended to bomb the culture of Tripura".[28]

He also stated that international beauty pageants were a farce, and claimed that the decision to award Miss World and Miss Universe titles to Indian women for five years in a row was market-driven rather than based on the beauty of the participants while questioning the rationale behind awarding Diana Hayden the Miss World pageant.[29]

In 2020, he claimed that Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less intelligent than Bengalis.[30]

See also

References

  1. ^ Sharma, Akhilesh; Choudhury, Ratnadip (5 March 2018). Varma, Shylaja (ed.). "Biplab Deb, 48-Year-Old Leader Trained By RSS, To Be Tripura Chief Minister: Sources". NDTV. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tripura". Tripura Government. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Biplab Kumar Deb--RSS member to Tripura CM". The Economic Times. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  4. ^ PTI (7 August 2021). "Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb Escapes "Attempted Murder", 3 Arrested: Report". NDTV.com. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Biplab Deb to be next Tripura CM, Jishnu Deb Burman his deputy; swearing-in likely on Friday". Firstpost. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "From Manik Sarkar to Modi's sarkar: End of the road for India's poorest CM". The Economic Times. The Times Group. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  7. ^ Sanyal, Anindita, ed. (18 April 2018). "Tripura Chief Minister Stands By Claim Of Internet in Mahabharat Era". NDTV. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb Resigns A Year Ahead Of Elections". NDTV. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  9. ^ Bhattacharya, Amava; Bhattacharjee, Biswendu (6 August 2018). "NRC battle plays out on Biplab's Wiki page over 'Bangla birth' claims". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  10. ^ Chandpur, Ibrahim Rony (4 March 2018). "Tripura CM-elect Biplab has ancestral ties in Chandpur". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  11. ^ Khokon, Sahidul Hasan (9 March 2018). "Tripura's new CM phones Bangladesh PM, seeks cooperation". India Today. Dhaka. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Tripura CM's birthplace not in Bangladesh: CMO". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Internet and satellite existed since Mahabharata era, claims Tripura CM Biplab Deb". The Times of India. Asian News International. 18 April 2018. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  14. ^ Karmakar, Rahul (6 March 2018). "Biplab Kumar Deb, the man who engineered a 'revolution' for the BJP". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Biplab Deb elected new Tripura BJP chief". United News of India. Agartala. 7 January 2016.
  16. ^ IANS (4 March 2018). "BJP's probable Tripura CM candidate meets Sarkar". GulfNews. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ "BJP's Biplab seeks Sarkar's blessing". The Times of India. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Personal enmity to blame for post-poll violence in Tripura: CM Biplab Kumar". The Times of India. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  19. ^ Chatterjee, Mohua (23 March 2018). "Will create 7 lakh jobs within 30 months: Tripura CM Biplab Deb". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Interview with Biplab Deb, BJP State Party President". tripurainfo.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Sunil Deodhar and 3 Others Who Led the BJP Campaign in Northeast". The Quint. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  22. ^ Varma, Gyan (3 March 2018). "How BJP fashioned Tripura win?". livemint.com/. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  23. ^ Sethi, Nidhi (9 March 2018). "Biplab Deb Takes Oath As Tripura Chief Minister, PM Modi In Attendance: 10 Points". NDTV.com. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  24. ^ Mathew, Liz (14 May 2022). "Biplab Kumar Deb steps down as Tripura CM ahead of 2023 polls". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  25. ^ a b "Six times Tripura CM Biplab Deb courted controversy". East Mojo. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  26. ^ "Civil, and not mechanical, engineers should go for Civil Services: Tripura CM Biplab Deb". The Times of India. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  27. ^ Deb, Debraj (28 August 2018). "Biplab Deb says oxygen levels will 'automatically' rise in water bodies if ducks swim in them. Though it has been scientifically proven by the Scientists quite earlier". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  28. ^ "Six times Tripura CM Biplab Deb courted controversy". East Mojo. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  29. ^ "Tripura CM Biplab Deb courts controversy again, says 1997 Miss World Diana Hayden not 'an Indian beauty' like Aishwarya Rai". New Indian Express. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  30. ^ "Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb says Punjabis, Jats are less intelligent than Bengalis, apologises later". Scroll.in. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
Political offices Preceded byManik Sarkar Chief Minister of Tripura 9 March 2018 - 14 May 2022 Succeeded byManik Saha