Tripura health minister Sudip Roy Barman Credit: File Image

Agartala: Tripura health and family welfare minister Sudip Roy Barman has been removed from the state cabinet, as per an official notification issued by the chief secretary in charge of Tripura, Kumar Alok, late on Friday night.

The notification said that Barman ceases to be a member of the council of ministers and also informed that the departments previously handled by him were reassigned to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma.

Sources from Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) informed that Barman was dropped from the state Cabinet due to “anti-party activities”. He is also known to have developed quite a few issues with the CM in the past one-and-a-half years of their tenure as cabinet colleagues.

According to political experts, Sudip Roy Barman is seen by many as a contender to Biplab Kumar Deb for the chief minister’s post

Earlier on May 23, chief minister Bipab Kumar Deb, who is also the BJP’s state president in Tripura, said the victory in Lok Sabha this year from his state has come despite several conspiracies hatched by enemies inside the party.

“People from our own party hatched conspiracies against us. I will not mention their names because their name will come automatically after some time. People of the state supported us and they are supporting us all along despite these treacheries [sic],” he said and warned that his party would soon take action against such leaders.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Barman said, “It is the call of the chief minister of Tripura and he will decide whom he wants in his cabinet of ministers. May be he was not satisfied with the work that I have done over the past 14 months of time. But I know that I have worked hard with full dedication and honesty.”

He also said that the people of the state who have monitored his work very closely, only they have a say on whether I have worked well or not.

“I accept the decision of the chief minister with respect and maybe he was not happy enough with my work and might have expected more from my end,” added Barman.

Barman, who was often seen by many as a contender to Deb for the chief minister’s post, is a five-time MLA and a former leader of Opposition in the Tripura state assembly.

During Lok Sabha polls this year, Barman had reportedly asked voters to choose “eligible candidates”. However, Barman did not campaign for the BJP in the election.

Barman, who is the son of former Tripura chief minister Samir Ranjan Barman, had left Congress in 2016 and joined the Trinamool Congress. A year later, he and five other Trinamool Congress MLAs joined the BJP.

Political watchers say Barman’s defection to BJP was instrumental in the party’s meteoric rise to power in Tripura since he brought much needed value of adding public representatives in it before contesting the Assembly elections. Five other MLAs joined BJP in Tripura along with Sudip Roy Barman in 2017.

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