Deb said he has submitted his resignation to Governor SN Arya. He made the announcement after meeting the governor at the Raj Bhavan in Agartala.
“Party is above all. I am a loyal worker of the BJP. I hope I have done justice to the responsibilities that were given to me – whether it was BJP state president or Tripura chief minister. I have worked for the overall development of Tripura, and to ensure peace for the people of the state, “Deb told reporters.
“The 2023 election is coming, and the party wants a responsible organizer to take charge of the affairs here. A government can only be formed if the organization is strong. After the elections, someone will obviously become the chief minister,” he added.
According to sources, Deputy CM Jishnu Dev Varma, who is connected to the erstwhile Tripura royal family, may take charge in the interim.
Senior BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav and Vinod Tawde will be observers for the election of a new legislature party leader in the state. Besides them, the party state incharge Vinod Sonkar will also attend the meeting.
“The party wants me to work to strengthen the organization,” said the outgoing chief minister. “The people want a long-term BJP government here, if a person like me works for the organization, obviously it will help the cause,” he said. Deb was appointed chief minister after the BJP stormed to power in 2018, ending 25 years of Left Front rule.
He had come to Delhi two days back and met Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda.
According to media reports, there have been infightings within the Tripura BJP. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, who is related to the erstwhile Tripura royal family, is expected to take charge in the interim, sources said.
The state is scheduled to go to the polls next year.