Monday, October 1, 2018

Tripura panchayat bypolls record over 81% voter turnout; 'minor squabbles' reported from northern parts

Agartala: Over eighty one % of the around fifty five,000 citizens on Sunday solid their votes within the bypolls to panchayati rule establishments (PRI) in eleven blocks in Tripura, an officer aforesaid.

The Tripura State commission (SEC) and police officers aforesaid that aside from some minor squabbles in northern components of the state, no untoward incident was reportable from the eleven blocks.

The by-elections to three,386 seats — three,207 gram council seats, 161 council samiti seats and eighteen zilla parishad seats — were scheduled  for Sunday, however polling was necessitated just for eleven blocks as a result of most of the seats were stuffed with candidates elective  unopposed.

Representational image. PTI

These seats fell vacant once large-scale resignations of elective  representatives of the Left and alternative parties once the BJP-led coalition came to power in Tripura in March. a number of the three-tier council seats were lying vacant, conjointly thanks to death of PRI representatives.

"The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier won unopposed around ninety six % of the gram council and council samiti seats and every one eighteen zilla parishad seats in Tripura," the SEC official aforesaid.

Nearly all parties, together with BJP's junior partner autochthonous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), following large-scale violence throughout electioneering, had been exigent rescheduling of the thirty September council elections to make sure participation of all parties.

The Opposition party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led Left Front, the Congress and also the IPFT, a tribal-based party, had singly urged the SEC to schedule the election method as they claimed that "massive violence prevented their nominees from filing papers".

State BJP proponent Mrinal Kanti adult female aforesaid the Opposition, particularly the CPM, couldn't realize appropriate candidates and conjointly that almost all individuals don't seem to be interested to contest as candidates of Left parties and also the Congress.

CPM leader Gautam Das told the media: "There was no tributary atmosphere for holding free and truthful elections. Out of thirty five blocks, non-BJP parties weren't allowed to file nominations by supporters of the ruling party in twenty eight blocks. that is why we have a tendency to were exigent rescheduling of the council elections, however the state poll panel did nothing positive."

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