This is the BJP’s first civic election after coming to power in the border state in 2018. The CPI (M) has alleged that its candidates were forced to withdraw their nominations.
The Prime Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb (File photo)
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At the civic polls in Tripura, the ruling BJP has won 112 of 334 unopposed seats. The election official said Monday was the last day to withdraw the nominations and that November 5 was set as the date for the scrutiny. The official said 36 candidates, including 15 from opposition CPI (M), four from Trinamool Congress (TMC), eight from Congress, two from AIFB and seven independents, withdrew their nominations on Monday. A total of 785 candidates are in the fray for the remaining 222 seats, whose vote will take place on November 25. In total, there are 334 seats in urban local bodies, including the Agartala Municipal Corporation (51 districts), 13 city councils and six nagar panchayats, throughout the state.
There are no opposition candidates in seven urban bodies: Ambassa City Council, Jirania Nagar Panchayat, Mohanpur Nagar Parishad, Ranibazar Nagar Parishad, Vishalgarh Nagar Parishad, Udaipur Nagar Parishad, and Santirbazar City Council. CPI (M) Secretary of State Jitendra Choudhary alleged that the BJP’s candidates were forced to withdraw their nominations due to terror unleashed by protected thugs.
The violence in the state had started long before the municipal election calendar was announced. Many of our party workers were attacked and our candidates were unable to present their nominations in five Nagar Parishads and two Nagar Panchayats. He told reporters that the BJP thugs have created unprecedented terror.
TMC, which is trying to expand its base in Tripura, had said it would contest civic elections in the northeastern state. A total of 5,94,772 voters are eligible to vote in municipal elections and the number of female voters is greater than that of male voters in urban areas.