Supreme Court asks Tripura Police to ensure free and fair Municipal Elections
Passing an interim order on a plea filed by AITC seeking directions to the State Government of Tripura to provide complete safety and security to its party leaders, the Supreme Court bench led by DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath asked Tripura authorities to “ensure free and fair elections.”
The Apex Court, on Thursday, pointed that it is the responsibility of the Tripura Police authorities to provide safety and security to leaders of every political party who are campaigning for the municipal election. Supreme Court also said Tripura Police must ensure that no political party is prevented from exercising their rights in accordance with law for political campaigning in a peaceful manner.
A bench led by Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath asked Tripura authorities to “ensure free and fair elections”, peaceful campaigning and passed the interim order on a plea filed by All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) seeking directions to the State of Tripura to provide security to its party members, especially during the campaign for the upcoming Municipal Elections. The Court ordered the Director General of Police (DGP) for Tripura and the Home Secretary of Tripura to take all the necessary measures to ensure that there is no violence in the upcoming Municipal elections in the State and no political party is denied its right to political campaigning in the State.
“We are of the view that since the election process has commenced, it is the duty of the respondents to show that no political party is denied its rights, in accordance with the law, for political campaigning in a peaceful and orderly manner. So appropriate arrangements are to be made to ensure maintenance of law and order,” the Court directed. As per Mamata Banerjee’s led All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), more than 30 cars belonging to their leaders have been damaged alleged by BJP workers.
Tripura State Election Commission (SEC) has announced the election to 20 urban local bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation in all the eight districts in the state Municipal elections are scheduled to be held in Tripura from November 25. So far, BJP has won 34% of seats (112 out of 334) unopposed in Tripura Civic Bodies. The final results will be announced on November 28 after the process of counting the votes.
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