Who is Manik Saha, the dentist who replaced Biplab Deb as Tripura chief minister

A dentist by profession, 69-year-old Saha was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura last month. He will take oath at 11:30 am on 15 May

Tripura’s new CM Manik Saha (in the middle) with Biplab Deb (R) on 14 May, 2022. Twitter/@DrManikSaha2

Tripura Bharatiya Janata Party president Manik Saha on Saturday replaced Biplab Deb as the chief minister of the state.

His appointment came just hours after Deb resigned.

Saha among other things is faced with the task of leading the BJP in the 2023 Tripura elections.

Who is Manik Saha?

A dentist by profession, Saha was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura last month.

The northeastern state sends only one member to the upper house of the parliament. Saha has six months to get elected to the Tripura Assembly through a bypoll.

He became BJP’s Tripura unit chief in 2020.

“I was a common worker of the party and will continue to be to be so,” the 69-year-old said after he was declared the CM.

 

Saha who is a professor and head of the department of the Tripura Medical College and BR Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital in Agartala, joined BJP in 2016, NDTV reported. Saha is a close associate of Biplab Deb who took to Twitter to congratulate his successor.

According to his official biodata on the Rajya Sabha website, Saha was born in Tripura’s capital Agartala in 1953. He was educated at the Government Dental College, Patna, and King Georges’ Medical University, Lucknow.

2023 Tripura polls

The BJP came to power in Tripura for the first time after winning the 2018 Assembly elections that ended 25-year Left rule in the state.

Saha is now tasked with keeping infighting in the state unit in check, ahead of the next polls.

With inputs from agencies

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