New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded former Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb as the party’s candidate for by-election to Rajya Sabha seat in Tripura.
The announcement came hours after he was declared party in-charge for Haryana.
The Rajya Sabha seat in Tripura, for which by-election will be held on September 22, fell vacant after Dr Manik Saha resigned in July this year following his appointment as Chief Minister of Tripura.
BJP national general secretary and office in-charge Arun Singh, in a midnight release, said that the party’s central election body had nominated Deb as the candidate for the by-election scheduled for September 22.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah for the nomination, Deb, in a Twitter post, said:
“I am committed to work for the development and welfare of Tripura and it’s people.”
I am committed to work for the development and welfare of Tripura and it's people. pic.twitter.com/7K4ZloW1Vt
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) September 9, 2022
Meanwhile, the Left Front in Tripura has named former finance minister and MLA Bhanulal Saha as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha bypoll.
BJP appoints party-in charges
Prior to Rajya Sabha nomination, BJP appointed Deb as party’s in-charge for Haryana.
Vinod Tawde has been appointed as General Secretary in Bihar, while Harish Dwivedi continues to be the co-in-charge.
Former minister and Lok Sabha MP from Noida Dr Mahesh Sharma has been given charge of Tripura.
BJP appoints party's state incharges & co-incharges for states
Ex-Tripura CM Biplab Deb to be the incharge of Haryana,ex-Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani to be that of Punjab-Chandigarh, ex-Bihar Minister Mangal Pandey to be that of WB & Sambit Patra to be coordinator of northeast states pic.twitter.com/z80tMyGYQw
— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
Om Mathur who had been recently appointed to the Parliamentary board has been made in charge of Chhattisgarh.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also been given organisational responsibilities in Punjab and Chandigarh.
General secretary Arun Singh also continues to be in charge of Rajasthan.
National general secretary Dilip Saikia has been replaced by Laxmi Kant Bajpai in Jharkhand.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has been made coordinator for northeastern states and the party’s national secretary Rituraj Sinha will be joint-coordinator, the party said in a statement.