Agartala: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again defeated its opposition by winning the by-election to the Badharghat assembly constituency in Tripura by a massive margin of 5,260 votes against its closest opponent from CPI-M, the results of which were declared on Friday.
Speaking with reporters, returning officer Tarun Debbarma said that the counting of votes began at 8 am and the saffron party candidate Mimi Majumder was declared the winner after the entire exercise concluded in the evening.
Majumder secured 20,471 votes against her nearest opponent, CPI-M’s Bulti Biswas, who secured 15,211 votes, and Congress’ Ratan Chandra Das, who secured 9,101 votes.
Although the BJP candidate has won the elections, the vote share of the BJP has decreased in compared to 28,561 votes in the 2018 elections, which the former BJP MLA Dilip Sarkar had secured.
The vote share of the opposition CPI-M has also reduced from the previous 23,113 in general assembly elections to 15,211 in by-polls. The Congress candidate, who had secured just 505 votes in the last elections, has now got a major hike to 9,101 votes in the by-polls.
State BJP general secretary Rajib Bhattacharya said that people have showered their love and support to the party and for the developmental work that the government has done in the past 18 months.
“This is the victory of the people of that constituency. BJP will continue to work for the people in a better way,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Tapas Dey said, “It is unfortunate that we lost the elections. But it is an alert for the BJP government and also clear indication that they have lost their grounds in the state.”
Reacting over the results, CPI-M’s West Tripura committee secretary Pabitra Kar said, “The result was anti-BJP and the vote was shared between CPI-M and the Congress, which was against the government.
“BJP came out victorious with 44.58% vote share. In the last Lok Sabha poll in Badharghat assembly constituency, the vote percentage was 20%, which has now increased to 33%,” Kar added.
Kar also said that a good percentage of people could not cast their votes which is the reason the voters of CPI-M had decreased.
Meanwhile, Additional Inspector General of Police Subrata Chakraborty told reporters that no untoward incidents were reported so far and poll counting was held peacefully.
The polls were held on September 23 and a total of 45,918 voters out of the total 57,908 had voted in the by-poll to Badharghat assembly constituency of Tripura.