"The sitting MLA and Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate for Charilam (Scheduled Tribe) seat, Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, died at the Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital, where he was admitted in the afternoon with chest pain," an Election Department official said.
The official said the election in Charilam would be countermanded as per electoral laws. There were five candidates, including Debbarma, in the fray.
Debbarma, 68, after his retirement from government service in 2012, had contested the 2013 assembly polls from Charilam in western Tripura and won. The CPI-M renominated him this time.
Polling will be held for the 60-seat Tripura assembly on February 18 and counting of votes will be on March 3.
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