Tripura’s ruling Communist Party of India – Marxist, or CPM, has won the assembly by-polls as expected with its candidate grabbing roughly 64% of the total votes polled in the tribal-reserved Manu seat in the state’s southern region.
The CPM’s Pravat Chowdhury, who recently quit his government job in the state’s agriculture department, beat his closest rival Mailafru Mog of the main opposition Congress by a margin of more than 15,000 votes.
The Manu constituency was a stronghold of former Rural Development and Industries Minister Jitendra Chowdhury, who is now a Lok Sabha member. Chowdhury had won the seat undefeated since 1993 till his departure for Parliament this year.
In a surprise, the BJP with 1550 votes has secured third place in the by-polls ahead of other, more entrenched parties such as the Trinamool Congress and tribal parties such as the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura.
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