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Ex-royal & remote sensing expert, student, ex-official in Tripura poll battle

IANS  |  Agartala 

An eclectic range of individuals, ranging from an ex-royal who is a specialist, a teacher, a law student, a former bureaucrat, one who is unlettered and even a novice in are trying their electoral luck in the polls in

candidate and ex-royal Maharaj Kumari Pragya Deb Burman, 50, who is a and urban settlement specialist; and nominee Rebati Tripura, 43, an academician, are novices in

They are contesting against each other in the East seat, reserved for tribals, where voting will be held on April 18.

Narendra Chandra Debbarma, 76, a candidate of the ruling BJP's ally, the Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) and a former Station of All Radio (AIR), Agartala; student Jayki Murasing, 25; former bureaucrat Chitta Ranjan Debbarma, 58; and former bank Arun Kumar Bhaumik, 64, are also trying their electoral luck.

Quite obviously, their issues are varied.

Pragya wants to serve the people in a different ways, is keen to uplift the tribals and Murasinga's thrust is on jobs of the unemployed.

Pragya Deb Burman, who is the elder sister of Tripura Pradesh Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarman, is a post graduate diploma in Human Urban Settlement and from (in Dehradun) under the ISRO.

Deb Burman's father, Burman, was thrice (1967, 1977 and 1989), elected to from the Tripura East Lok Sabha seat and her mother, Maharani Bibhu Kumari Devi, (also former Tripura minister) won in 1991. is also the state Convener of for Art and Cultural Heritage.

"The is in my blood and I want to serve the people, specially the backward tribals in a different ways. I would not politicise the issue. They should not be treated as vote bank," told IANS.

Debbarma's IPFT has since 2009 been agitating to upgrade the (TTAADC) to a separate tribal state. The TTAADC has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura's 10,491 sq. km area that is home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals.

All political parties, including the BJP, the and the Congress are opposed to the IPFT's statehood demand.

Most of the 23 candidates, two less than the 2014 elections, are highly educated.

is the only exceptional who never went to any educational institution, and is contesting as a candidate of the Adi BJP party (old BJP), a registered unrecognised party.

"The present leaders of the BJP in Tripura are not giving due recognition and respect to the party's old That's why we have formed the Adi BJP party few years back," Dey told IANS.

The ruling BJP's nominee Pratima Bhoumik, a science graduate, the Congress's Subal Bhowmik and CPI-M sitting Lok Sabha seasoned politicians wants for further development of Tripura.

There are three women of the 23 nominees for Tripura's two Lok Sabha seats (one voted on April 11 and the other will vote on April 18).

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 11:02 IST