In a move widely expected Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has dropped Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman from his cabinet.

This is for the first time that a BJP or a BJP-led Government in the Northeast has dropped a minister from the cabinet for alleged anti-party activities.

An official notification signed by in-charge Chief Secretary Kumar Alok said Chief Minister will oversee three of four departments held by Barman while Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman will hold one department.

The notification said Sudip Roy Barman ceased to be a member of the council of ministers.
Notably, Chief Minister Biplab Deb had earlier in the month hinted such an action saying that some people inside the Government were trying to malign the image of the Government and action would be taken against those.

Sudip Barman along with several other Congress MLAs had joined the BJP ahead of the Assembly Elections in the State last year and was a strong contender for the Chief Minister’s position.