Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb steps down a year ahead of elections

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said he has submitted his resignation to Governor SN Arya. Deb made the announcement after meeting the governor at the Raj Bhavan.

The shock resignation comes ahead of state polls next year.

The resignation follows reports of infighting within the state unit of the Hindu nationalist party.

Deb had gone to New Delhi on Thursday and met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda for a discussion on the party’s affairs in the state.

The saffron party “wants me to work to strengthen the organisation,” Deb told reporters.

“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 BJP state president or Tripura Chief Minister. I have worked for the overall development of Tripura, and to ensure peace for the people of the state,” the outgoing CM said.

“Goodbye & good riddance to the CM who failed thousands of people in #Tripura! Enough damage done. So much so that even the top bosses at @BJP4India are fed up of his INCOMPETENCE. Folks at BJP seem very rattled by what @AITCofficial achieved in the state. CHANGE IS INEVITABLE,” read a tweet by Trinamool Congress which has been engaged in a fierce battle to win over the electorate in the northeast state.