AGARTALA: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unveiled its contenders for the forthcoming September 5 bypolls in Dhanpur and Boxanagar assembly constituencies in Tripura’s Sepahijala district, on August 16.
The BJP has nominated Taffajal Hussain for the Boxanagar assembly seat and Bindu Debnath for Dhanpur. Both candidates bring unique local affiliations to their respective roles, with Hussain being a prominent figure in Boxanagar and Debnath serving as the party’s mandal president in Dhanpur, the party said. The candidates are scheduled to file their nomination papers on Thursday, underlining the party’s proactive approach.
Reports in local press informed that to ensure a robust grassroots campaign, senior BJP leaders are set to kickstart booth-level activities in Boxanagar and Dhanpur from Wednesday.
Responding to the developments, Tripura BJP’s media in-charge, Sunit Sarkar, noted, “Senior leaders are going to Boxanagar and Dhanpur to begin booth-level campaign from today. Our candidates will file nomination papers on Thursday.”
The Boxanagar constituency has become available due to the unfortunate passing of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MLA Samsul Haque. Meanwhile, the by-election for the Dhanpur seat became necessary following the resignation of Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik as the MLA.
Earlier on August 13, Following crucial discussions with opposition parties Tipra Motha and Congress, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has declared its candidates for the upcoming bypolls in Dhanpur and Boxanagar assembly constituencies, on August 13. The bypolls are slated to take place on September 5 in Tripura’s Sepahijala district.
Narayan Kar, the convener of the CPI-M-led Left Front, informed that Kaushik Chanda will represent the Front in the Dhanpur constituency, while Mizan Hussain has been nominated to contest from Boxanagar.
Jitendra Chowdhury, the CPI(M) state secretary, had informed the press that he had engaged in discussions with opposition parties, Tipra Motha and Congress, on August 12 to deliberate on the impending polls.
Chowdhury had underlined that all three parties are committed to preventing the division of anti-BJP votes and claimed that the BJP’s control over the Northeastern state has been sustained with a “lesser mandate” (39% vote share) due to the splintering of the anti-BJP vote bank.
The nomination paper filing deadline is slated for August 17, followed by a scrutiny process on the subsequent day. The counting of votes has been scheduled for September 8.