For the first time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the verge of winning of Tripura’s two Lok Sabha seats, where the counting of votes is nearing completion, poll officials said on Thursday.
In Tripura West, BJP candidate Pratima Bhoumik was leading over his Congress rival Subal Bhowmik by around 2,20,000 votes.
In the tribal reserved Tripura East seat, BJP’s Rebati Tripura was ahead of his Congress rival Maharaj Kumari Pragya Deb Burman by around 1,81,000 votes.
The BJP, which secured 6 per cent of votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is likely to get more than 50 per cent of votes this time, according to vote count .
The saffron party wrested power in the state for the first time in the 2018 Assembly polls, which it contested in alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT). With this win, the BJP also delivered a humiliating defeat to the Left parties after 25 years.