By our Reporter | Agartala 15, 2018
Decimating all previous records of Tripura’s assembly poll results, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP candidate Jishnu Devvarma today emerged victorious with a whopping margin of 26,580 votes at Charilam assembly constituency, where poling was countermanded on week before the Feb 18 elections due to death of a candidate.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy told this correspondent that Jishnu Devvarma received 89 percent of all valid votes cast in the constituency this year. A total of 29753 valid votes were cast.
CPIM candidate Palash Debbarma received 1030 votes and lost deposit, followed by Congress candidate Arjun Debbarma who bagged 775 votes. Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) received 685 votes and 198 votes went to an independent candidate.
Counting started at 8 AM this morning and final results were out by 1 PM. No incident of violence was reported.
‘Maharaja’ of Tripura Pradyot Kishore Manikya congratulated Jishnu Devvarma, who also happens to be from the Tripura royal family. “I congratulate kaka (uncle) on his victory. I hope he is allowed to work to his full potential for the welfare of people”, he said.
Meanwhile, with CPIM facing dust for the first time in 25 years, BJP state in-charge Sunil Deodhar has claimed that all chances of revival of the communists are lost now. “CPIM can’t survive if they are in opposition. They lose everything as soon as they lose power. The loss of deposit has proven beyond doubt that they don’t have any public support”, he claimed.
CPIM state secretary Bijan Dhar, however, claimed his party had already withdrawn candidate at the seat due to ‘widespread post-poll violence’. “We are not calculating the results, let alone speculate about reasons of defeat. This was no fair election”, he said.
The communists earlier sought CEO’s intervention to defer polls at Charilam and claimed the party’s candidate was unable to enter the constituency area to campaign, even with police protection. The party and its three Left Front partners – CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc announced to pull out of the fray two days before polls. However, since last date of withdrawal was past by Feb 26, elections continued as per schedule.
Pradesh Congress spokesperson Tapas De said that the victory was a ‘goal in empty football field’. He said rampant violence had forced all opposition parties down and nobody dared vote against the BJP.
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