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cpm: 80% vote in Tripura native polls; AITC, CPM allege rigging and intimidation

cpm: 80% vote in Tripura native polls; AITC, CPM allege rigging and intimidation

cpm: 80% vote in Tripura local polls; AITC, CPM allege rigging and intimidation

The primary part of native physique elections in Tripura had been marred by allegations that ruling BJP employees attacked opposition All India Trinamool Congress and CPM employees and intimidated voters. Over 80% voted, by preliminary estimates, in elections to 51 seats to the Agartala Municipal Company and 171 seats in seven municipal councils and 6 nagar panchayats on Thursday. Votes shall be counted on Sunday.

AITC state convenor Subal Bhowmik staged a sit-in with social gathering employees in Agartala, accusing the state election fee of ‘favouring BJP’. He alleged there was sales space jamming and intimidatory ways to forestall folks from voting.

“Individuals’s verdict is not going to be mirrored when outcomes are introduced. Unfair means had been used to conduct voting. Police and election fee officers sided with the ruling social gathering. Residences of a number of AITC candidates had been attacked final evening and makes an attempt had been made to set their homes on fireplace. Not less than 5 social gathering members had been attacked, and lots of supporters had been prevented from voting. The police merely stood by as silent spectators,” Bhowmik alleged.

Leaders of CPM mentioned that polls had been rigged by ‘BJP-sheltered goons’. CPM state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury alleged that the voting course of was diminished to a farce. “I’ve by no means witnessed such mayhem throughout civic elections. Regardless of lodging a number of complaints with the SEC, no measure was taken to carry free and truthful elections,” Chowdhury advised reporters. One other CPM chief, Phulon Bhattacharjee, mentioned voters had been threatened of penalties if discovered inside polling cubicles. “In my lengthy political profession, I’ve by no means seen such anarchy. Voters had been brazenly threatened,” she mentioned.

BJP denied the allegations. Deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma mentioned that incidents happen in elections. “What’s unprecedented is that individuals from outdoors coming and attempting to storm with out having any organisational base in Tripura.” “AITC and CPM are making baseless allegations as they know properly that they’d be defeated. Elections had been held in a festive spirit,” BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya mentioned.

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A senior official within the state election fee advised ET, “there isn’t a main incident of violence. We’ve obtained complaints from candidates and political events and these are being seemed into.”

BJP has already gained 112 of whole 334 seats to AMC uncontested and 19 different native our bodies within the state.

(With inputs from PTI)

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