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Left Front beats anti-incumbency yet again

Tripura's ruling Left Front, in power since 1992, has secured another term winning a simple majority in the 60-member House.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2003 22:35 IST

The ruling Left Front in Tripura, in power since 1992, on Saturday secured simple majority in the 60-member House, securing 35 seats while the Opposition Congress and the INPT together cobbled up seven sests each of the 49 results declared so far.

Front major CPI(M) itself secured majority by winning 32 seats, while partners RSP and CPI won two and one respectively.

Prominent winners from among the outgoing Manik Sarkar government included Education Minister Anil Sarkar, Information Minister Jiten Chowdhury, Minorities Minister Faizur Rehaman, Industries Minister Pabitra Kar, Social Welfare Minister Bidhubhushan Malakar (all CPI-M) and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Gopal Das of the RSP.

Among the opposition, winners included former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Burman (Congress), INPT president Bijoy Hrankhawl and former speaker Jyotirmoy Nath (Congress).

However, former chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Mazumdar, Leader of the Opposition Jawhar Saha (both Congress) and former minister, Ratimohan Jamatiya (INPT) lost the contest.

First Published: Mar 01, 2003 11:10 IST