New Delhi: The BJP has announced former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb as its nominee for the forthcoming bye-elections to the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Tripura.
The seat fell vacant following current Chief Minister Manik Saha’s resignation after he was elected MLA from the Town Bardowali constituency.
According to a communique issued by BJP’s national general secretary Arun Singh on Friday night, Deb’s name was approved by the party’s Central Election Committee for the RS polls from Tripura.
The development comes hours after the BJP appointed him as the party in charge of Haryana.
Elated over being made BJP’s nominee, Deb expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Gratitude to PM Narendra Modi Ji, BJP President JPNadda Ji, and Home Minister Amit Shah Ji for nominating me as a BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura,” he wrote in a tweet.
Deb said he is committed to working for the development and welfare of Tripura and its people.
The bye-elections will be held on September 22 from 9 am to 4 pm, and the counting of votes will take place the same day.
The last date for filing a nomination is September 12.