Tripura: CPI(M) candidate for the Krishnapur constituency and the present Fisheries Minister in the government of Tripura, Khagendra Jamatia passed away in Delhi on 2 March. He was 64.
Jamatia was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi after his health took a turn for the worse in the last leg of the election campaign. He joined the CPI(M) in 1983 and has won the Krishnapur seat six times.
Mr. Jamatia was joined the CPI(M) in 1983. He has never faced a defeat in any election, and has won from Krishnapur constituency six times since 1988.
The CPI(M) had received a setback before the polls when veteran tribal leader Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, the party’s candidate for the Charilam seat, died of cardiac arrest on February 11. He was 64. His mortal remains would be brought back to Tripura and he would be accorded a state funeral.
Debbarma had contested and won the Charilam seat in 2013 after retiring as a government officer the year before. The CPI(M) was banking on him to retain the seat.