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Tripura: Poll in Charilam seat today, CPM withdraws candidate

Polling to the Charilam seat was postponed following the death of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2018 07:13 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
Tripura elections,Charilam election,Tripura
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yehchuri with other Politburo members Prakash Karat, Suryakanta Mishra, Brinda Karat, Biman Bose and other leaders at a rally to protest against vandalising of Lenin's statue in Tripura. (PTI File Photo)

Voting in Tripura’s Charilam constituency, which was deferred following the death on February 11 of Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, will be conducted on Monday.

The party later fielded Palash Debbarma but withdrew the candidate, alleging post-poll violence by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which swept the polls in 59 of the total 60 seats on February 18. The BJP-IPFT combine secured 43 seats and ousted the Left Front from power in the state. The CPI(M) won 16 seats.

Jishnu Dev Varma, the newly elected deputy chief minister, is the BJP candidate for Charilam. He is up against the Arjun Debbarma of the Congress, Uma Shankar Debbarma of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), and independent candidate Jyoti Lal Debbarma.

More than 35,000 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency. The counting of votes will be on March 15.

The CPI(M) had earlier approached the Election Commission (EC) to defer the poll till restoration of peace. “Our party candidate was forced to seek shelter outside the constituency due to post-poll violence. As the EC didn’t pay any heed to our request, we will not contest the poll,” said CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar.

The CPI(M) claimed that more than 58 houses of party supporters and workers were ransacked and looted while 19 party supporters were injured in the violence in Charilam.

EOM

First Published: Mar 12, 2018 07:13 IST