Tripura Election Results 2018: BJP breaches 'Red Fort' to end 25-year Left rule

Tripura Election Results 2018: BJP breaches 'Red Fort' to end 25-year Left rule

By: || Updated: 03 Mar 2018 08:24 PM
Tripura Election Results 2018: In a saffron surge in the northeast, the BJP put up a spectacular show in Tripura on Saturday, ending 25 years of the Left rule, and was looking to formation of coalition governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya in the face of hung verdicts.

The BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal-dominated party, were together leading in 39 out of 59 constituencies for which trends of results were available. The BJP on its own was ahead in 33 seats, two more than the half-way mark, while its ally was leading in seven. The IPFT has already bagged one seat.

In Tripura, the BJP which had no MLAs in the outgoing assembly and had polled just 1.5 per cent votes in the 2013 elections, losing deposits in 49 of the 50 constituencies it contested, recorded a scintillating performance securing over 42 per cent of votes in the February 18 elections.

The Left Front, which had 50 seats in the last elections, was ahead in just 18 seats. The CPI-M-CPI alliance has polled over 44 per cent of votes, about six per cent less than the last elections. The CPI-M alone has polled 43.3 per cent, one per cent higher than the winning BJP.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who has been heading the Left Front government for the last 20 years, was ahead in Dhanpur constituency.

The BJP's leading candidates included state party President Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), who could be the next Chief Minister of the state. The other winners are Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur), A. Rampada Jamatia (Bagma), Dilip Kumar Das (Barjala), Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl (Karamchara), Ashish Kumar Saha (Bordowali), Ratan Chakraborty (Khayerpur), Atul Debbarma (Krishnapur) and Sushanta Chowdhury (Majlishpur).

IPFT's leading candidates included Narendra Chandra Debbarma (Takarjala), Mevar Kumar Jamatia (Asharambari) and Prashanta Debbarma (Ramchandraghat).

"We are happy with the trends in Tripura where the BJP looks like forming a government with 40 or more seats," BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters in Agartala.

He conceded that the CPI-M gave a good fight but people voted for change to throw up "a revolutionary verdict, a historic verdict".

The Congress, which had 10 members in the outgoing assembly, failed to even open its account this time. Many of its candidates may even lose their deposits.

Among the notable Left candidates trailing were sitting Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma (Asharambari), Forest and Rural Development Minister Narensh Chandra Jamatia (Bagma), Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar (Khayerpur), Bijay Laxmi Sinha (Kamalpur), Samiran Malakar (Pabiachara), Manoranjan Debbarma (Mandai Bazar), Ratan Das (Ramnagar), Manindra Chandra Das (Kalyanpur-Promodnagar) and Chief Whip Basudeb Majumder (Belonia).

Among the Left Front's leading candidates were Health and PWD Minister Badal Choudhury (Hrishamukh), Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty (Chandipur), Information, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha (Bishalgarh), Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sahid Chowdhury, Assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debbarma and Jail Minister Manindra Reang.

A total of 290 candidates, including 23 women of the ruling CPI-M, Communist Party of India, BJP and Congress and many independents, were in the fray.

Polling in Charilam (reserved for the tribals) was deferred to March 12 after CPI-M candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died a week before the February 18 polls.

Over 92 per cent (excluding 50,700 postal ballots) of Tripura's over 25 lakh voters cast their votes on February 18, setting a new record in India's electoral history.

Tripura Election Results 2018

  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi is not a serious leader, election results have come today and he is not in the country: Sambit Patra, BJP

  • In a way the entire north east is now with the BJP. Initially we used to say "Congress mukt Bharat' now I think we can say 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat" also.: Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad - ANI

PHOTO GALLERY - BJP crushes Left in Tripura, workers indulge in massive celebrations 

Biplab Kumar Deb - Profile 

  • Biblab Kumar Deb is a former RSS volunteer.


  • He was elected as president of state unit of BJP by state committee in January 2016.He had replaced Sudhindra Dasgupta, the longest serving president of the party.


  • The young leader is said to have done a lot of ground works to popularize BJP in villages.


  • Deb was sent to Tripura from the national capital where he pursued his studies.


  • He was born in Udaipur subdivision of south Tripura. He has spent a lot of years in RSS HQ in Nagpur.


  • Deb had brought in key BJP ministers from across the country to campaign for the party in Tripura.

  • This is a revolutionary result, all due to the blessings of Tripura Sundari Mata and people of the state and the hard work of PM Modi and party workers: Ram Madhav, BJP

  • Huge vindication for consistent development that has been seen in North East in last 4 yrs which did not happen in last 7 decades. People have reasons to believe that this is the dispensation that they can look forward to trust for future growth: Jitendra Singh, Union Minister

  • BJP is all set for a historic win in , I would like to congratulate PM Modi, Amit Shah ji and our party workers. Even our performance in and is historic. Important day in Indian politics: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

  • ECI trends: BJP+ leading on 30 seats, Left leading on 17 seats

  • CM Manik Sarkar leading from Dhanpur constituency by 1682 votes

  • The trends in all three states point to a new political direction, it will have an effect on national politics as well. We are confident of forming Govt in all three: Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home

  • Trends are encouraging, I am hopeful and confident that BJP will form the Govt in Tripura: Himanta Biswa Sarma,BJP #TripuraElection2018

  • TOI gives majority to BJP in Tripura

  • Tripura - BJP's state-in-charge Sunil Deodhar says party will win 2/3rd majority but admits postal ballot results aren't satisfying.

  • We are very confident, let more rounds of counting complete, our leads are going to get much bigger: Brinda Karat,CPI - ANI

  • Tripura - Independent candidate Uttam Dhupi leading from Rajnagar seat

  • Seeing the earlier trends:, I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya. The three results of North East are going to be very good for BJP: Ram Madhav, BJP

  • Tripura (56/60) Leads at 9:32 am- Left 30 l BJP+ 26 l Cong 0 l Others 0. CPM just 1 short of majority

  • Pabitra Kar(CPM) leading in Khayerpur

  • Tripura (44/60) Trends - Left 22 l BJP+ 21 l Cong 1 l Others 0

  • Tripura - BJP candidate Sudiproy Burman ahead in Agartala seat

  • Tripura (9/60) Trends - Left 5 l BJP+ 4 l Cong 0 l Others 0

  • Tripura (7/60) - Left 4 l BJP+ 3 l Cong 0 - BJP leading in 3 seats, CM Manik Sarkar ahead from Dhanpur constituency

  • Tripura (1/60) - Left 1 l BJP+ 0 l Cong 0 - First trend in favour of CM Manik Sarkar from Western region of the state.

  • Counting of votes begins


In the 60-member Assembly of Tripura, voting was held for 59 constituencies because of the death of a CPIM candidate. The state went to poll on February 18.

In the 2013 Assembly elections, the ruling Left Front polled 52.32 per cent votes while the opposition Congress-Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) combine secured 44.60 votes.

The BJP had roped in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as one of its star campaigner for the Tripura Assembly elections. The saffron-clad leader was asked to go to Tripura to woo the voters of the Nath community which constitutes around 35 per cent of the total population of the state. Adityanath is the chief priest of the Gorakhnath peeth, which is the main 'peeth' of the Nath community.


Total seats-60; Elections were held for 59 seats

Main Parties:
CPM + (CPM + AIFB-All India Forward Block + RSP-Revolutionary Socialist Party + CPI)
BJP + - (BJP + IPFT - Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura)

Things to note:
BJP could not open its account in 2013 elections
This time, battle is being considered between the CPM and the BJP
The Left front is ruling the state for last 25 years
Manik Sarkar is holding Chief Minister's post for last 20 years

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