AGARTALA, May 24 - The BJP has bagged both the Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura by registering thumping victories in the general election. The BJP nominee for the West Tripura seat, Pratima Bhowmik, defeated her rival Congress candidate, Subal Bhowmik, by a margin of 3,03,746 votes, official sources said.
While the BJP candidate got 5,70,021 votes (51.76 per cent), the Congress candidate secured 2,66,275 votes (24.18 per cent). CPI(M) candidate Sankar Prasad Datta came third with 1,71,175 votes (15.54 per cent).
However, BJP candidate Rabati Tripura�s winning margin in the East Tripura Lok Sabha seat was a little less against Congress candidate Pragya Debburman.
In the West Tripura Parliamentary constituency, Pratima Bhowmik, who is a BJP general secretary, got the benefit from a sharp split in the anti-BJP votes. IPFT candidate Brishaketu Debbarma, who was also in the fray, secured over 40,000 votes, which in turn also benefitted the BJP candidate.
In East Tripura, the BJP nominee pipped Congress candidate Pragya Debburman and CPI (M) candidate Jitendra Chowdhury to the post. Rabati Tripura polled 4,79,634 votes (46.21), while Debburman got 2,76,517 votes (26.58).
The Parliamentary poll results proves that the BJP has been able to keep intact its vote share of the 2018 Assembly elections when it polled around 49 per cent of the total votes cast.
Another important aspect of the results was that the Left, which ruled the State for 35 years in two phases, is no longer a political force in the State. The Congress is slowly emerging as the main Opposition by replacing the CPI (M).