Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha celebrating his victory in the Tripura Assembly bye-elections, in Agartala on Sunday, June 26,2022.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha celebrating his victory in the Tripura Assembly bye-elections, in Agartala on Sunday, June 26,2022. Abhishek Saha/IANS

BJP bags three seats in Tripura bye-elections, CM Manik Saha wins from Town Bordowali

Agartala, June 26, 2022

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, where bye-elections were held on June 23 in the four politically-crucial Assembly constituencies.

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, Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman, formerly of the BJP, 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 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 all, there were 22 candidates, including seven women, in the fray.

The bye-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 bye-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 May 15, a day after Biplab Kumar Deb's resignation from the post of chief minister, contested the election for the first time.

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