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Veteran communist leader Bajuban Riyan passes away

Agartala, Feb 22 (UNI) Veteran communist leader and seven-time Lok Sabha MP Bajuban Riyan breathed his last on Friday night around 1140 hrs in Agartala Govt Medical College (AGMC) after prolonged old-age related ailments. He was 80.
Riyan is survived by his wife Jharna Riyan, two sons and one daughter.
His death has shocked the political circle in Tripura cutting across ideological affiliations. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, education minister Ratan Lal Nath, former Chief Ministers Samir Ranjan Barman and Manik Sarkar expressed grief over his demise.
An active sportsman and weight lifter in his younger says, Riyan joined politics in his student life. After graduation, he contested elections and became an MLA on Congress ticket in 1967 from Birganj constituency of present Gomati district. Later, he joined CPI (M) and became MLA for the second time in 1972.
Riyan became minister in left front government in 1977 and 1993.
He also earned the distinction of being the longest-serving MP in Lok Sabha from Tripura.
Bajuban Riyan was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1980 and then subsequently in 1984, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
He retired from electoral politics in 2013, following old-age related ailments but remained an invitee member of CPI (M) state committee till his death.
He also served as a member in CPI (M) central committee and played an important role in tribal development issues, including drafting of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
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