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BJP and Congress announce candidates in Tripura bypolls

The congress put up former BJP minister Sudip Roy Barman against Dr Sinha and another former BJP MLA and veteran politician Ashis Saha against Chief Minister Prof Saha.

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Agartala: Sending a clear message of greater electoral understanding with royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman’s TIPRA Motha and CPI-M against ruling BJP in Tripura, opposition Congress on Saturday fielded candidates in two seats of four for by-elections to be held on June 23 while BJP announced candidates for all the seats.

The BJP has fielded Chief Minister Prof (Dr) Manik Saha in 8 -Bardowali (Agartala city) while another veteran medical practitioner and BJP Vice President Dr Ashok Sinha is contesting from Agartala seat. The congress put up former BJP minister Sudip Roy Barman against Dr Sinha and another former BJP MLA and veteran politician Ashis Saha against Chief Minister Prof Saha.

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The BJP has put two women candidates in rest seats where Swapna Das Paul is contesting from Surma (SC) constituency and Malina Debnath from Jubarajnagar constituency. Malina is the incumbent Chairperson of North Tripura Zilla Parishad and Swapna is the Vice Chairman of Kamalpur Nagar Panchayat in Dhalai district.

However, TIPRA Motha has fielded Babulal Satnati, a terminated teacher of 10,323 in Surma aiming to garner the support of tribal and Santal community votes, which constituted about 12 percent of the total electorates. To prevent the division of votes Congress has abstained from fielding candidates and assumed to consolidate it’s support to TIPRA Motha.

In the last assembly elections, BJP candidate Ashis Das secured his victory by a margin of 2000 plus votes in a direct fight with CPI-M. In Jubarajnagar seat, CPI-M candidate Late Ramendra Chandra Debnath won by a margin of less than thousand votes defeating BJP candidate Jadablal Nath. 

In the by-election both the party fielded fresh candidates but BJP’s most aspiring leader and renowned Cardiologist Dr Tamajit Nath lost in the selection process of candidature of the seat.

The Congress sources said they didn’t put up any candidate in Surma and Jubarajnagar seats anticipating that division of votes would be the advantage of BJP in both the seats. 

The CPI-M has prospects in Jubarajnagar while TIPRA has scope to open their accounts in the assembly from Surma constituency where Congress votes to be the addition for anti-BJP candidates.

Similarly, anticipating the high-profile contest in Bardowali constituency, Left Front has retained the seat with it’s constituent Forward Bloc opening a scope of vote transfer to Congress.

Meanwhile, Bardowali and Agartala seats are traditionally with Congress and Ashis Saha has been winning since 2009 while Sudip Roy Barman has been winning from 1998.

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