Hummingbird News Desk
KOLKATA, 26 JUNE: In the by-polls for four seats, the ruling BJP won three seats including that of Chief Minister Manik Saha who has been elected to the state assembly for the first time from Town Bordowali while the opposition Congress won one seat in Tripura, today. The Mamata Banerjee party, which was looking to make inroads in the Northeastern state, performed dismally with its candidates losing deposits in all the seats.
The bypolls were held on 23 June in the four politically-crucial Assembly constituencies.
Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP leader Amit Malviya on Sunday said that Trinamul Congress lost depots in all four seats in Tripura by-polls, finising at fourth position. He said that similar irrelevance awaits Banerjee in Bengal.
According to the Election Commission, Saha, 69, who secured 17,181 votes, won the Town Bordowali seat defeating Congress candidate Asish Kumar Saha by a margin of 6,104 votes. As per the EC, the BJP candidate Malina Debnath won the Jubarajnagar seat defeating her nearest CPI-M rival Sailendra Chandra Nath by a margin of 4,572 votes.
BJP nominee Swapna Das (Paul) bagged the Surma (SC) seat thrashing her independent rival Baburam Satnami by a margin of 4583 votes.
In a significant political development, BJP turned Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman retained his Agartala constituency defeating his BJP rival Ashok Sinha by a margin of 3,163 votes. With the victory of Roy Barman, Congress re-entered into the 60-member state assembly after several years.
Over 78.58 per cent of the 1,89,032-strong electorate cast their votes on Thursday in the by-elections to four Assembly constituencies in Tripura. In all 22 candidates including seven women fought the by-elections.
The by-election is being termed by the political pundits as a “semi-final” before the 60-member Assembly’s general elections, which is just eight months away.
The focus of the by-elections was mainly on the Town Bordowali Assembly constituency where Manik Saha contested against five other candidates. Saha, BJP’s state president and a Rajya Sabha member who assumed office on 15 May, a day after Biplab Kumar Deb’s resignation from the post of chief minister, contested the election for the first time.
“People voted in favour of development. In the next six-seven months, I will try my best to address the problems confronting people,” CM Manik Saha told reporters soon after he was elected from the Town Bardowali seat.
The change of guard and a divided opposition seems to have favoured the BJP. The results, according to party workers, proved that the BJP can win elections despite the crisis over leadership and the exit of at least three strong leaders (Sudip Roy Barman, Ashish Kumar Saha and Ashish Das).
TMC leaders struggled for words to defend the results. Senior TMC leader and Rajya Sabha member, Sushmita Dev said, “TMC fought hard but we lost. We respect the mandate of the people. We faced so much violence that we could not build our organisation ahead of the bypolls. We opened our offices in Goa, Meghalaya and Assam but were prevented in Tripura because of which we could not consolidate our position. We will fight back and prepare for 2023.”
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