Can Roybarman’s victory realign opposition forces in Tripura?
Agartala, Jun 26 (UNI) The victory of veteran politician and Congress leader Sudip Roybarman in the prestigious constituency of Agartala, coupled with the dismal performance of the spearhead of the Left Front CPI-M and Trinamool Congress in the partial polls of the Assembly in Tripura could signal a realignment of opposition forces in this northeastern state, political circles feel.
Roybarman’s triumph over his closest rival, BJP Vice President and leading intellectual Dr. Ashok Sinha, has given the Congress a boost ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled for early this year. next year. Roybarman’s victory, which helped the congress snatch the seat from the BJP, came at a time when the big old party appears to be struggling with a dwindling base of support across much of the country.
Roybarman, who had won the seat in the 2018 Assembly elections as a BJP candidate and was appointed as a cabinet member, resigned as an MP and moved to Congress in February, complaining about the style of operation of the Chief Minister at the time, Biplab Deb.
With its victory in Agartala, Congress reopened its account in the State Assembly, having failed to win any seats in the 2018 Assembly elections. in fact, the party had no representation in the House since late 2015, when its six lawmakers joined Congress from Trinamool.
The CPI-M-led Left Front, which had ruled the state continuously for 25 years until it was decimated by the BJP in the 2018 elections, also fared poorly. So far the main opposition, the LF was pushed to third position in Agartala and Bardowali constituencies and finished second in Surma.
The LF’s biggest setback came in the form of the loss of Jubarajnagar, which the BJP wrested from the Marxists. The CPI-M managed to win the seat in 2018 despite the anti-incumbent wave against the former government of Manik Sarkar. The constituency went to hustings this time as CPI-M MP Ramendra Chandra Debnath died earlier this year.
At the same time, the Trinamool Congress, which had run a colorful and highly publicized campaign involving big business leaders and showbiz personalities, imagined an abyssal spectacle. Its candidates have lost their deposits in the four constituencies.
The Tipra Motha, a tribal party, was also unable to cut the ice in Surma, despite congressional support.
Since Roybarman joined Congress, the party has been trying to position itself as the linchpin of the anti-BJP space in the tiny state, which he ruled for nearly two decades and gave him four chief ministers.
Analysts believe Agartala’s spectacle will only encourage the party to step up the process. UNI BB SSP