With BJP on the cusp of ending the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura, state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb today said he was ready to take on the mantle of Chief Minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board. Union minister Nitin Gadkari will be present at the meeting.
The swearing-in of the new ministry is likely to be held on March 8 at the Swami Vivekananada Maidan in the heart of the town.
BJP along with IPFT, etched a thumping victory by winning 43 out of 59 assembly seats that went to polls on February 18.
CPI (M) MP Jitendra Chaudhary told The Indian Express that there had been 200 cases of violence against the party since Saturday night. "Now if we are not given respectable positions, we would support the government from outside", he said.
IPFT chief N C Debbarma also demanded that the chief minister be chosen from the indigenous MLAs. His comment comes amid speculation that former Congress and Trinamul leaders, who joined BJP past year, would be given ministerial berths.
Clarifying the meaning of "respectable" positions, IPFT chief Debbarma stated it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the Cabinet and allocation of major departments to them.
Ram Pada Jamatia, another candidate of BJP from 30-Bagma (ST) constituency said, " The people of Tripura got independence after long time from CPI-M regime, which is victory of people."Mr. Jamatia won as BJP candidate from Gomati District under Udaipur subdivision with good margin that counted 24074 votes and nearest candidate Naresh Ch. Jamatia from CPIM party had secured 21241 votes. "The governor has invited me to form the government since I have the numbers", Mr Sangma said.
The BJP-IPFT combine, which is set to run Tripura for the next five years, lacks ministerial experience.
The IPFT struck an alliance with the BJP before the elections on the basis of a common minimum agenda, which included formation of a high-power committee with representations from the central and state governments and the indigenous community to address the problems of the tribals.