Jitendra Chowdhury

The Left Front supported CPI(M) candidate for the Tripura East (ST) parliamentary constituency, Comrade Jitendra Chowdhury (56) started his political career way back in 1972 as a member of SFI. He hails from a traditional tribal peasant family which has its notable contribution in the spread of Left movement in Sabroom Subdivision of undivided South Tripura district. His father Comrade Matahari Choudhury was an MLA for CPI(M) from Manu constituency. During mid 1970s he joined TSF but soon he could see through their tribal chauvinist and anti-development role and the game plan to become a toy at the hands of Congress and left that organization. After studies and a brief stint as an employee of Tripura Gramin Bank, Jitendra Chowdhury left the job and started working as an organizer of Tribal Youth Federation and GMP. He became a member of CPI(M) in 1982 and became a whole timer of the party. He served as president and general secretary of TYF for a few terms. He also served as all India vice president of DYFI. In 1983 he contested for the first time as CPI(M) candidate from Manu. Though he lost in his first two attempts, in 1993 he became victorious from this constituency. In 1993 itself he was inducted into the third Left Front ministry led by Comrade Dasharath Deb. Since then he has won from Manu five consecutive times and had held several important portfolios of the government. He has successfully handled charges of sports and youth affairs, information and culture, forest, rural development, industries and commerce and IT. In the present 7th Left Front Government he is the minister for Rural Development, Forest, Industries and Commerce and Information Technology. It was during his stint as Rural Development minister that the state has in the last five years topped in implementation of MNREGA. A member of CPI(M) Tripura state committee since 1988 Comrade Jitendra Chowdhury is presently one of the assistant secretaries of Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (GMP), an affiliate of the AIKS. He is also an all India leader of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Mancha and a member of the CKC of All India Kisan Sabha.

Tripura East (ST)-Key Issues
The Tripura East (ST) seat, which will go to poll on 12th April, is spread over Dhalai, Khowai, North, Unakoti and a part of both Gomati and South Tripura Districts. Since the first general election of 1952, this constituency has always been a stronghold of the Left. Out of the 15 elections held so far it has sent Communist Member to the parliament for 10 times. The constituency has a total 1137127 voters.