Manik Saha, the BJP's new crown jewel in Tripura

Manik Saha was a dental surgeon and professor at Tripura Medical College . He was a close confidant of his predecessor Biplab Kumar Deb, 69, who left Congress and joined BJP in 2016 .

Before entering politics, Tripuras chief minister-designate Manik Saha, a former Congressman, was a dental surgeon and professor at Tripura Medical College.Biplab Kumar Deb, 69, was a close confidant of his predecessor and left Congress and joined the BJP in 2016.He assumed the presidency of the party's state unit four years later, replacing Deb.He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March last year.

He is also president of the Tripura Cricket Association, a huge cricket fanatic.Saha is described by people close to him as a calm individual who climbed the BJP ladder to become the party's president in less than four years.He was appointed chair of the booth management committee in 2018 when he joined the BJP, and subsequently, before the assembly election.He achieved more than double his target of enrolling 3,00,000 new BJP members.