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Lotus blooms in Tripura; BJP's Biplab Deb sworn in as CM; PM seeks Opposition cooperation

Agartala, Mar 9: Seeking Opposition cooperation for effective governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the dream of people of the state and India is same as BJP's young 'Turk' Biplab Deb was sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of Tripura thereby ending the 25-year of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front.
Attending the swearing-in ceremony, the Prime Minister termed the day as the 'Day of
Celebration of Diwali' in the state.
' The light of development has switched on today, ' The Prime Minister said adding, ' Tripura people are aware of development. '
He thanked all for installing the new Government. ' It's the Government for all, ' he said and believed all MLAs will spare no pains for the development of the state.
' The Opposition MLAs have experience, but the newly elected MLAs are fresh, ' Mr Modi opined.
' I have come here in the North-East several times, 25 times. Development, good goverance and people's participation are more important, ' he asserted and wished more development. He said all people and MLAs of Tripura will work for the development of the state.
' The Government is not for the party, but it's for all, ' he stated.
Earlier, Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office and secrecy to 48-year-old Deb at a function at Assam Rifles Ground adjacent to Raj Bhawan.
Jishnu Deb Barma, a scion of the royal family and a tribal, took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.
Seven Cabinet Ministers also took oath along with the Chief Minister.
The Ministers were N C Debbarma, Ratan Lal Nath, Sudip Roy Barman, Pranajit Singhaa Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb, Mebar Kumar Jaamatiya and Santana Chakma.
Mr Deb said, ' I need the blessings of all dignitaries to implement the commitment, mentioned in the vision documents of the BJP. '
He also waxed eloquent about the media in the state, saying, ' The journalists have played an remarkable role and their help is very important. '
People across the state poured in the ground to witness the ceremony.
Party veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, besides Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, several other dignitaries and Chief Ministers from different states were present in the star-studded swearing-in ceremony.
Outgoing Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar was also present in the programme, though other Left leaders preferred to give it a miss.
It was a remarkable performance for the BJP, which had no MLAs in the outgoing Assembly and polled just 1.5 per cent votes in the 2013 elections, losing deposits in 49 of the 50 constituencies it contested, secured over 42 per cent of votes in the February 18, 2018, Tripura elections.
The BJP, which bagged 35 of the 60 seats, has chosen the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) as its alliance partner, which notched up eight seats, in this tribal-dominated north eastern state sharing its border with Bangladesh. UNI

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