At 7 a.m. today voting for Tripura Municipal Elections began. The violence affected state is witnessing its municipal elections take place at Agartala amidst court cases, arrests and allegations of attacks by political parties. The voting is taking place amidst tight security arrangements and voters will decide the fate of 785 candidates
Elections for more than 200 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and other municipal bodies will take place today. The two rival contenders, the TMC and the BJP are embroiled in tussle and blame game. Moreover, the Trinamool Congress threw allegations against the Bharatiya Janata Party. The workers from Trinamool Congress party alleged against the BJP that they assaulted their candidate and attacked the house of contender from ward 5.
Tripura Municipal Elections | Voting underway at a polling station in Agartala's ward number 20
770 polling stations have been established across the State for the civic polls: State Election Commission pic.twitter.com/VxsMlqFyx1
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This election is the first in line which can turn out to be the proof of strength of the Mamata Bannerjee led party outside of Bengal. The Trinamool Congress is fighting tooth and nail to make its mark at the national level. Earlier this month, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tasted victory in local elections. They fielded candidates in all the seats and won 112 out of the total 334 seats uncontested across 20 urban local bodies, including the AMC. For elections security the polling stations are categorized as ‘A’ category and ‘B’ category. Earlier, the schedule for the civic polls were in December last year. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic stalled it.
Security arrangements for free and fair elections
- For security, in category ‘A’ polling stations four Tripura State Rifles personnel will be there.
- In category ‘B’ polling stations four armed police personnel will be present
- In addition, arrangements are there for two sections of the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) at strong room and government press
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined the plea of the TMC to postpone Thursday’s elections in Tripura. However, to control the mayhem the apex court ordered the Police to increase the security arrangements. It asked the security personnel ensure free and fair polls and the declaration of results.