Polling for a single parliamentary constituency seat (Tripura West) in Tripura is being held in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11. Tripura West, which goes to poll on April 11 in the first phase, is a key seat while the other Lok Sabha seat -Tripura East-will witness polling on April 18 in the second phase.
The state, which has witnessed rising unemployment, is hoping to bring home a candidate who can address the growing job crisis in the state. The state is also seeking a person who can help revamp the state’s education system.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to power in the state by defeating the CPI(M), has been a new ray of hope for people in the state.
Traditionally, both seats in the state — Tripura West and Tripura East — have either been held by the Left or Congress. However, a multi-cornered contest is on cards this time with inclusion of new players like the indigenous People’s Front of Tripura.
The BJP is fielding Pratima Bhowmik from Tripura West against Congress’s Subal Bhowmik, who recently rejoined the party. No party has dethroned the CPI(M) from the Tripura West seat since 1996, and sitting MP Sankar Prasad Datta is contesting again to keep the party’s legacy alive.
Unemployment has emerged as a key issue in the state, especially among farmers.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has also kept the citizens in constant fear, is another key issue in Tripura – the state is surrounded by Bangladesh on three sides.
Among other issues that have been neglected include road infrastructure, law and order and agriculture, according to a recent ADR report.