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Agartala: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced the date of by-election to the four Assembly seats of Tripura, which have been lying vacant for the past several months.

As per the announcement, bye-elections to the four Tripura Assembly seats – Agartala, Town Bordowali, Surma and Jubarajnagar – will be held on June 23. 

Notably, the bye-election in the Jubarajnagar Assembly seat was necessitated following the demise of CPI(M) leader and former Assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath. While two sitting BJP legislators – Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Kumar Saha – defected to the Congress, BJP MLA Asish Das was disqualified under anti-defection law for joining the Trinamool Congress.

According to the the ECI statement, counting of votes will take place on June 26 and notification for bye-elections will be issued on May 30. The last date for filing nominations has been fixed on June 6 next and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is June 9. Scrutiny of the nominations will be held on June 7.

It is also worthy to be mentioned here that all the political parties have already started the ground work to mobilize public support. With months to go for the ultimate poll battle of 2023, all the seats are equally significant for the political parties.

However, all eyes are set on Agartala and Bordowali constituencies as both the constituencies have been the stronghold of former BJP MLAs Sudip Roy Barman and Asish Saha, who jumped ship to the Congress.

The ruling BJP, however, will be leaving no stone unturned to retain the seats. Besides, the CPI(M) is also looking for a scope to increase its strength ahead of the state Assembly elections scheduled next year.

Central observer for the BJP Tripura Pradesh, Vinod Sonkar, who is in the state, is holding a slew of meetings with senior party leaders to discuss poll issues.

Sources said village committee polls will be conducted after the by-elections. 

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