Tripura CM Saha allocates portfolios, keeps 30 departments with himself
Saha along with eight other cabinet ministers took oath days after the BJP-IPFT alliance retained power in Tripura for the second straight term. The BJP won 32 seats in the 60-member state assembly. The elections were held on February 16. According to a notification issued by Chief Secretary J.K. Sinha, the Power and Agriculture departments have been entrusted to Ratan Lal Nath, who held the Education and Law portfolios in the previous government.
Center to appoint interlocutor to resolve Tripura tribal party's demands
The TMP, after capturing the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) in April 2021, has been demanding elevation of the areas of the autonomous body by granting a 'Greater Tipraland State' or a separate state under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution.
Manik Saha takes oath as Tripura CM; Modi, Shah attend swearing-in
Along with the 70-year-old Saha, eight other legislators, including a woman, assumed office as cabinet ministers against the total ministerial strength of 12. Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya administered the oath and secrecy to the Chief Minister and other ministers - Ratan Lal Nath, Pranajit Singh Roy, Santana Chakma.
Manik Saha to be Tripura CM again
Assam's Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, who was BJP's central observer in the legislature party meeting, announced Saha's name as the legislature party leader. Saha's name was proposed by Union Minister of State Pratima Bhowmik. A BJP leader told IANS that Saha accompanied by other party leaders would meet Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya in the Raj Bhavan late Monday evening to stake his claim to form the government.
PM Modi's Look East policy yields rich dividends for BJP in Nagaland
For the second consecutive time, the BJP will form the government with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland. The saffron party had won 12 seats in 2018, and has won 12 out of the 20 seats it contested this time, while the NDPP has won 25 out of the 40 seats it contested. Together, both the parties won 37 seats in the recently held Assembly elections.
Trinamool comes a cropper in Tripura, consolation prize in Meghalaya
Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma (2010-2018), one of the key leaders of the Trinamool Congress in Meghalaya, contested from two assembly seats -- Songsak and Tikrikilla - both in the Garo hills. Sangma, opposition leader in the outgoing assembly, won the Songsak seat by a thin margin of 372 votes defeating ruling National People's Party (NPP) candidate Nihim D Shira.
Record 14 women elected to Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland Assemblies
Scripting history in 60 years of statehood, two women, Hekhani Jakhalu and Salhoutuonuo Kruse of the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), were for the first time elected to the Nagaland assembly from Western Angami and Dimapur-III assembly constituencies respectively.