Outgoing Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar submitted his resignation to governor Tathagata Roy today, a day after the CPI (M)-led Left Front was dethroned by the BJP-IPFT coalition after almost 25 years in power.
The BJP won 35 of the 59 seats that went to polls in Tripura and its ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), bagged eight seats.
The BJP and the IPFT, he said, had fought the elections in an alliance with the sole target of defeating the CPI-M and it was achieved.
The People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) said that it is unlikely to join Tripura government if they are not offered respectable positions in the new Ministry.
He said that the IPFT would also seek a separate block for its MLAs in the Assembly unless it was given respectable positions in the state Cabinet. Congress leader and Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has resigned.
Reacting to query, BJP candidate Biplab Kumar Ghosh, who is elected from Matabari Constituency with 23069 votes said, the previous government headed by CPI-M was unable to fulfill peoples' requirements in Tripura.
Asked what he meant by respectable positions, Debbarma said it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the cabinet and allocation of major departments to them.
BJP, which did not have a single councillor in all of Tripura and lost its deposit in 49 constituencies out of 50 in 2013 assembly elections, had managed this land sliding victory. "The word development does not exist in the dictionary of CPI-M. However, with the support of people and the employees, I am sure everybody will learn on the job and do a great job in due course", he said. The BJP had won 35 and IPFT 8 seats.
The tribal council area comprises two-third of the states territory and the tribals form one-third of the population.
We are hopeful that the Central government will form a high-level monitoring committee to look into our demand for a separate state for the tribals.
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.