Amid growing rift in Tripura BJP, Kishor Barman appointed general secretary
Tripura BJP president Dr Manik Saha (left) with newly-appointed general secretary Kishor Barman

Agartala: Amid growing rift within a section of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs and leaders in Tripura, Kishor Barman, who has been deputed by the party’s central leadership, was appointed as the general secretary of the state unit on Tuesday.

As soon as he arrived in Tripura, BJP state president Dr Manik Saha appointed him as general secretary of the state unit of the saffron party.

Barman is a former joint general secretary of the BJP in West Bengal.

Speaking with reporters, Saha said that the son of the soil has returned home. He has been given the responsibility of strengthening the booths according to his experience.

Barman was born in 1980 in Nalchar Kemtali area of Sepahijala district in Tripura.

He has been involved in politics since his student days. He entered student politics in 2000 by joining the ABVP. From 2004 to 2007, he was the general secretary of the ABVP in Tripura. He was also given the charge of the organisation in West Bengal.

From 2016 to 2018, Barman served as the state general secretary of ABVP. From 2018 to 2021, he was in charge of the BJP as joint general secretary of the organisation in West Bengal. He was in charge of North Bengal in the recently concluded West Bengal Assembly elections, where the BJP won 30 out of 54 seats.

The party’s leadership thinks that Barman had a significant contribution behind the BJP’s results in the previous Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal. That’s the reason he was sent to Tripura by BJP national president JP Nadda, said sources.

According to party sources, Barman is known to be very close to Union home minister Amit Shah.

BJP state president Dr Manik Saha said Barman has been given the responsibility of general secretary of the party’s pradesh committee in Tripura in consultation with the central leadership.

ā€œFrom now on, he will be responsible for making the booths more active, conveying the message to the Prime Minister and reporting on the overall issue,ā€ Saha added.

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Meanwhile, Barman said, ā€œI am very happy to be back in Tripura after 14 years. New responsibilities, along with new challenges have greatly increased the joy of returning home. Now the work will be much easier,ā€ he said.

According to sources, before joining the BJP, Barman was associated with the RSS. He was nominated three times as the state secretary of the All India Student Council. He spent a long time in West Bengal.

He is also involved in the fight against the Left Front. Naturally, Barman is expected to emerge as the new face of the team in Tripura soon, said observers.

According to political analysts, Barman’s entry into Tripura will be a turning point. It would not be wrong to assume that he will play a critical role in the team’s damage control because BJP is going to face a big challenge in the 2023 assembly elections, analysts added.

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