Women’s strength in Agartala civic body increases

April 21st, 2011 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS  

Agartala, April 20 (IANS) The domination of women in the 140-year-old Agartala Municipal Council (AMC) in Tripura has increased with the election of senior journalist-social activist Fulan Bhattacharjee to the civic agency Wednesday.

With the election of Bhattacharjee, the number of women councillors rose to 20 in the 35-member AMC, which was constituted by the then royal dynasty in 1871.

Bhattacharjee was elected to the AMC as a nominee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), defeating her nearest Congress rival Gautam Ghosh by a margin of 1,021 votes.

The by-poll for the AMC vacancy was held Monday following the death of civic body chief Sankar Das. He died in New Delhi Feb 10.

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