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Who is Manik Saha, the dentist who replaced Biplab Deb as Tripura chief minister

A dentist by profession, 69-year-old Saha was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura last month

Tripura’s new CM Manik Saha (in the middle) with Biplab Deb (R) on 14 May, 2022. Twitter/@DrManikSaha2

Tripura Bharatiya Janata Party president Manik Saha on Saturday replaced Biplab Deb as the chief minister of the state.

His appointment came just hours after Deb resigned.

Saha among other things is faced with the task of leading the BJP in the 2023 Tripura elections.

Who is Manik Saha?

A dentist by profession, Saha was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura last month.

The northeastern state sends only one member to the upper house of the parliament.

“I was a common worker of the party and will continue to be to be so,” the 69-year-old said after his appointment.

Saha who is a professor and head of the department of the Tripura Medical College and BR Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital in Agartala, joined BJP in 2016, NDTV reported.

According to NDTV, Saha is a close associate of Biplab Deb who took to Twitter to congratulate his successor.

With inputs from agencies

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