The BJP-led government in Tripura, which came to power in 2018, is likely to conduct its first-ever cabinet expansion today, amid reports of growing dissent against Chief Minister Biplab Deb.
The decision was made Monday night after a series of meetings held by top BJP leaders who were rushed to Agartala to resolve the internal crisis, sources said.
Party insiders also say the Trinamool Congress’s attempt to penetrate Tripura has also resulted in the party’s high command rushing central leaders to the state “to take corrective action”.
Three MLAs – Ramprasad Paul, Bhagaban Das and Sushanta Chowdhury – are expected to be sworn in as ministers. All of them are lawmakers for the first time. The event could take place tonight, sources further added.
On Monday, the party’s high command rushed with top leaders including BJP National Secretary Dilip Saikia, BJP North East Zonal Secretary (Organization) Ajay Jamwal, the head of the party’s Tripura Unit Vinod Sonkar and General Secretary (Organization) Phanindranath Sarma.
Their four-day visit is aimed at strengthening the party’s organizational base.
Union Minister of State of Tripura Pratima Bhowmik also reached Agartala and took part in the meeting.
The Chief Minister and other senior leaders also attended the meeting to discuss important organizational matters, sources added.
Three berths in the Tripura cabinet were empty from the start, but the number increased to four after Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman was removed from the Council of Ministers.
However, one cabinet birth would remain vacant even after the three new ministers are inaugurated.