Former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday won the by-election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the state. IPFT Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kiran Gitte said Deb, who was recently made the BJP in-charge of Haryana, got 36 votes for the saffron party and seven for its ally. All 15 CPI(M) MLAs in the state cast their votes in favor of their candidate, former finance minister Bhanu Lal Saha. Interestingly, the lone Congress MLA Sudip Roy Burman abstained from voting.
State Congress president Birjit Sinha told PTI, “Since we had not fielded any candidate, the party had requested Burman to drop the voting process.” The seat had fallen vacant as Manik Saha had resigned to contest the assembly bypolls after becoming the chief minister. Taking to social media, Deb expressed his gratitude to the BJP and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) MLAs for electing him as the Rajya Sabha MP from the state.
He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for giving him the opportunity to represent Tripura in the Upper House of Parliament.
“With the blessings of Mata Tripurasundari, I will continue to serve the beloved people of Tripura till my last breath,” the former CM said in a Facebook post.