Agartala, Mar 12: As many as 190 candidates, including all 49 aspirants of BJP, of the total 313 contestants forfeited the candidature in the last assemly polls. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr G S G Ayyangar said here today that a total of 57 nominations of Independent candidates out of 61 were forfeited, as they did not secure mandatory six percent votes.
Only three Independent candidates - Animesh Debbarma, Abdul Matin Choudhury and Premtosh Nath, however stood apart. They got more votes than the candidates of opposition Congress-INPT combine. Nomination of one INPT candidate -- Bidyut Debbarma, all TMC and Forward Bloc were also forfeited besides, BJP, Dr Ayyangar said and added all candidates of JD (U), Lok Janashakti Party, CP (ML) and NCP had also lost the candidature.
Revealing party wise votes CEO said that CPI (M) secured 48.01 percent, Congress 36.38 percent, INPT 6.21 percent, Forward Bloc 0.16 percent, Left constituent RSP 1.69 percent, CPI 1.48 percent in the tenth assembly elections.