History of The Candidate
Biplab Deb was born on 25 November 1969 in Udaipur, Gomati district, Tripura.His parents had migrated to India as refugees from East Pakistan before his birth. His father is a citizen of India since 27 June 1967.He spent his childhood and schooling days in Tripura, completing his graduation from Tripura University before shifting to New Delhi to join RSS. He later returned to Tripura after an absence of 15 years. He previously campaigned in elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council
On 8 August 2017 Biplab Deb helped bring about the defection of Indian National Congress MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He led the local BJP into the 2018 Legislative Assembly election, attempting to gain office after 25 years of Left Front rule. He contested the election from Banamalipur Constituency in Agartala, which was held by Indian National Congress MLA Gopal Roy. He also faced Communist Party of India (Marxist) youth leader and former state President of Students Federation of India Amol Chakraborty. He won the Banamalipur Seat by a margin of 9549 votes over the Left Front candidate. Deb led the Tripura’s Election campaign and successfully defeated Left Front after 25 years by winning 44 seats with his ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura out of possible 60 seats in Tripura. The day after the results he went to CPI(M) Party Office to meet with outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and seek his blessings for the new government. He also paid his tribute to the late minister Khagendra Jamatia. Biplab Deb warned his fellow party workers to stay away from any sort of violence in Tripura.Biplab Deb campaigned on the subject of youth employment opportunities, which he promised to improve if elected Chief Minister of Tripura. He also promised that he would pay 7th Pay Commission to all the employees of Tripura. He praised Narendra Modi during the campaign and stated that he considers him as his political Guru. Deb brought in key BJP ministers from across India to campaign for the party in Tripura.
All the Promises Made by The Party
– Jammu & Kashmir – Article 370
The Manifesto read: We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.
– Reinforcing Border Security
The manifesto read: We have completed building six integrated check-posts with another under construction to facilitate easier trade and travel from the neighboring countries. We will further ease the movement of goods and people by constructing 14 more integrated check-posts by 2024. After completion of all the proposed integrated check-posts, all trade movement with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will be conducted through the integrated check-posts.
– Doubling farmers’ income
The manifesto read: At the very beginning of our current term, Prime Minister Modi embarked on a mission to double farmers’ income. We will make all efforts to achieve this goal by 2022.
The manifesto promised:
25 lakh crore investment in Agri-rural sector – We are committed to making an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector.
Interest-free Kisan Credit Card loans – We will provide sho-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
– Citizenship Amendment Bill
The manifesto read: We are committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighbouring countries escaping persecution. We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation. We reiterate our commitment to protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of Northheast. Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution from India’s neighbouring countries will be given citizenship in India.
– Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism
The Manifesto read: Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exemplified by the Surgical Strikes and the Air Strikes carried out recently. We will firmly continue our policy of Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.
– National Security
The manifesto read: Strengthening our Armed Forces – We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense-related equipment and weapons. In order to equip the Armed Forces with modern equipment, we will continue to take focused steps to strengthen the strike capability of the Armed Forces.
– Welfare of Soldiers
The manifesto read: We have already demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of our veterans with the implementation of long-delayed OROP. To take this commitment forward, we promise to create a more effective framework for the resettlement of our Armed Forces veterans. Under this effort, the Armed Forces will start planning for the resettlement of soldiers three years before their retirement and in accordance with their preferences. This will include provision for skills training, so skills training, financial support for higher education, for housing and for staring an enterprise.
– Combating Infiltration
The manifesto read: There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other pas of the country
– Ram Mandir
The Manifesto read: We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
– Uniform Civil Code
The Manifesto read – Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.