The Biplab Kumar Deb led-Tripura government on Tuesday expanded the cabinet to fill three out of four slots which had been lying vacant since March 2018 after BJP-IPFT formed government in Tripura by ousting the Left party.
Three new faces — Ram Prasad Paul, Sushanta Chowdhury, Bhagaban Chandra Das took oath before Tripura Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya.
Former Tripura BJP Vice President Ram Prasad Paul, aged 55, and 42-years-old young legislator Sushanta Chowdhury were elected to the state assembly in the 2018 assembly polls for the first time from western Tripura and Das is the saffron party’s northern Tripura leader also elected to the assembly for the first time.
With the elevation of 47-year-old Chandra Das, the long awaited demand for a minister belonging to the Schedule Caste (SC) community was fulfilled.
Amidst open resentment by a section of ruling BJP MLAs and leaders in Tripura, the cabinet expansion took place on Tuesday afternoon even as the dissident MLAs and BJP leaders boycotted the Tuesday’s swearing-in-ceremony.
The leaders of opposition Left parties and Congress also did not attend the oath taking ceremony.
Since the BJP-IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) government assumed office on March 9, 2018, three ministerial berths were lying vacant and in May 2019 former Health and Information Technology Minister Sudip Roy Barman was sacked following differences with the Chief Minister and the vacancy in the ministry rose to four.