Tripura Assembly Polls 2023: Heavyweights lock horns in straight poll battle at Sabroom
Agartala, Feb 04, 2023, ENEWSTIME Desk
With multi-corner contests in most of the 60 seats in Tripura ensuing, Sabroom Assembly Constituency is one of the three Assembly constituencies in which two heavyweights of Congress and CPIM have locked horns in a straight fight.
Sitting MLA Sankar Roy of BJP will seek another term in the Assembly while CPM State secretary Jitendra Choudhury will challenge him. With no other candidate – not even Independents, Sabroom is one of the three Assembly Constituencies in which BJP and CPM are involved in a direct electoral battle.
In the 2018 Assembly polls, Sankar Roy of BJP – who secured 21059 votes (51.15%) - defeated CPM’s Rita Kar Majumder. CPM candidate polled 18877 (45.85%) votes. Even as Congress and an Independent contested, Congress secured only 470 votes while the Independent polled 353 votes only.
Both Roy and Choudhury are campaigning hard in Sabroom to woo the voters. With the Congress support base is very weak, BJP is not much worried about shifting Congress votes towards CPM.
However, both BJP and CPM are expecting a swing in the indigenous vote in their favour.
Political mercury is soaring high as Roy and Choudhury hit the campaign trails.
Sankar Roy is focusing on the developmental activities of the BJP governments at the State and Centre. Apart from the development card, BJP is also trying to highlight the ‘Modi factor’ for the continuation of development. Incidences of fatal political violence during the Left Front regime are also featured in the saffron party’s campaign.
Addressing a public meeting at Laltila, Sankar Roy compared the developmental works done during his tenure and Left Front’s regime. He referred to the focus on Education in Sabroom resulting increase in the number of students in Sabroom English Medium School. Apart from drinking water etc, he also mentioned increased land allotment for LCP and Bus terminus etc.
Roy is also pointing out the BJP government’s measures for the welfare of indigenous people.
In contrast, Jitendra Choudhury is criticizing the BJP over its economic policies as well as Hindutva. Choudhury held a road show seeking public support and also slammed BJP over its ‘failure’ in fulfilling the pre-poll promises. Also, in an attempt to gain tribal votes, Choudhury pointed out that Left Front would fight for giving more power to the TTAADC if voted to power.