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Ready to be CM: Tripura BJP chief

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, March 3 - After BJP swept to power in Tripura ending the Left Front�s 25-year-rule, State party chief Biplab Kumar Deb today said he was ready to take on the mantle of Chief Minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the party�s Parliamentary Board.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body of the party, will meet tonight in New Delhi to decide on the future Chief Minister, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said.

�I am ready to take the responsibility. I will not run away from taking the responsibility,� he told reporters here when asked if he would accept the task of chief ministership.

Deb, a gym instructor-turned-politician, thanked the people of Tripura for their overwhelming support and credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the party�s showing.

Deb assured the people that all promises made in the poll manifesto, which was published as �vision document�, would be implemented.

�People responded favourably to our call �Chalo Paltai� (let�s change),� he said.

He alleged that 11 officials of BJP were murdered allegedly by the goons of CPI(M). He also appealed to the people not to resort to post-poll violence.

�We do not believe in the politics of vengeance and hatred, so we appeal to the people to maintain peace and calm,� he said. � PTI

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