Biplab Kumar Deb, who assumed the office of Tripura chief minister, allocated portfolios to all the nine ministers sworn-in, including himself on Saturday. However, after Biplab Kumar Deb took oath as new Tripura CM, state BJP in-charge Sunil Deodhar adviced Deb to make sure that he get septic tanks of all the minister quarters cleaned before they occupy them.
The ceremony was attended by senior BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh, besides several union ministers and BJP CMs.
New minister Debbarma, a former central government officer, is the IPFT President while Jamatia is General Secretary of the tribal-based party, which since 2009 has been agitating to upgrade the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council areas as a full-fledged state.
The BJP had promised in its manifesto that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission would be implemented during the first meeting of the cabinet if the BJP and its ally the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) were voted to power.
Outgoing CM Manik Sarkar, who ruled for 25 years, was also in attendance.
The BJP won 35 of the 59 seats that went to polls in Tripura, ousting the CPI (M) which won only in 17 assembly constituencies.
The CPI (M) managed to bag 16 seats in the 60-member assembly. Polling could not be held in Charilam on February 18 due to the death of the CPM candidate.