Manik Sarkar (age 67) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Tripura since March 1998. He is a Politburo Member of Communist Party of India (Marxist). In assembly elections held in 2013, he became the chief minister for the fourth consecutive time.
At the age of 49, he became a member of the politburo of the CPI (M), which is the principal policy-making and executive committee in a Communist party. In the same year, he became the Chief Minister of the state of Tripura. Since then, he has been elected to the same position for four consecutive times. He is one of the very few chief Ministers in India who are in the office for such a long period of time.
Manik Sarkar donates his CM salary and allowances to his party, which pays him ₹5,000 (approximately $76) as subsistence allowances. His affidavit for the 2013 Tripura Assembly election revealed that he may well be the one with lowest monetary resources of all Chief Ministers of India.
Sarkar and his wife live a very simple life. He is the only Chief Minister in India who has no house or a car on his name. Even his wife takes a rickshaw while traveling, with no personal security guards. Some official sources list his monthly salary as the lowest salary among all the Chief Ministers in India. Sarkar has often been called the "Cleanest and the Honest Chief Minister in the country". He has enjoyed a corruption-free image even among his critics.