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Tripura Civic Polls concludes amid Violence, CPI(M) and TMC alleges rigging

Tripura Civic Polls

Elections to Tripura’s 14 Civic Bodies concluded on Thursday amid massive violence as alleged by TMC. Opposition parties like CPI(M) and TMC also alleged that BJP did rigging. 

Amid massive violence as alleged by opposition parties, elections to Tripura’s fourteen Civic Bodies concluded on Thursday. As per the State Election Commission (SEC), nearly 75.04 percent of over 4.93 lakh voters exercised their voting rights till 4 pm for the elections and the final voting turnout could go up to 82 percent. The officials from State Election Commission also stated that there was no clash or violence related to elections as well as the complete exercise was a smooth process without even witnessing voting machine-related issues. 

Contrary to the stand of the Election Commission (EC), opposition parties like All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) claimed that their leaders and cadres were not allowed to cast their votes. The ruling party of Bengal that is trying to make inroads in Tripura also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ‘goons’ attacked agents and candidates at polling booths. The official Twitter handle of AITC Tripura, sharing multiple images and videos of the alleged violence, attacked BJP and the Chief Minister, Biplab Deb. 

Joining the old political rival in the attack was CPI(M) which alleged that the BJP was indulging in voter intimidation in the South Tripura district and obstructing party workers from functioning freely. Both TMC and CPI(M) alleged that BJP cadres were pushing and manhandling elderly people. Tripura Left Front convener, Narayan Kar said that security forces were not mobilized properly despite directions to that end by the Apex Court. The Left Front sought fresh polls in Agartala Municipal Corporation and four other municipal councils- Dharmanagar, Khowai, Belonia, and Melaghar.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has denied all these charges. BJP cited that the higher voter turnout compared to the previous civic polls is proof of spontaneous participation of the people of Tripura. BJP also counterattacked both TMC and CPI(M) and said both have tied up together in many places to defame the government. BJP spokesperson Subrata Chakraborty also said that  “A total of 44 people were arrested for violence and over 150 MC and CPM cadres detained. CPM members had assembled in front of West Agartala police station for a protest while TMC workers organized a sit-in in front of East Agartala police station.”

The ruling BJP has already won 112 out of the total 334 seats uncontested in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 19 urban bodies. The results for the Civic Polls are to be announced on November 28.  

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