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Opposition Cries Foul Amid Excessive Voter Turnout In Tripura Civic Polls

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Opposition Cries Foul Amid Excessive Voter Turnout In Tripura Civic Polls

Sporadic cases of violence in pockets of Agartala and past, opposition events alleging rampant ballot malpractice and voter intimidation whereas the ruling BJP dispensation claimed honest elections “hitherto unseen within the historical past of the State” and a excessive voter turnout regardless of these odds marked the highlights of the Tripura civic physique polls on Thursday.

Contests had been held in 225 seats, together with 51 wards of the Agartala Municipal Company, throughout 13 Nagar Panchayat and municipal our bodies unfold throughout 20 police station areas.

The run-up to the largely triangular contest between the BJP, Left and the most recent entrant, Trinamool Congress, was marred by allegations of large-scale violence which warranted interventions from the Tripura Excessive Court docket and the Supreme Court docket to make sure that the State took sufficient measures for a free, honest and violence-free election.

The day, nonetheless, started with the Trinamool Congress candidate from ward no 12 of the Ambassa Municipal Council alleging that her home was ransacked the earlier evening with sticks and stones by unidentified miscreants sheltered by the BJP who threatened her and her household with dire penalties except they remained indoors and never come out to vote.

Even earlier than the primary hour of voting was over, Trinamool ballot brokers with head and physique accidents from totally different components of Agartala started arriving on the Govind Ballav Pant Medical Faculty and Hospital for therapy alleging assault from BJP staff.

Complaints of violence and large-scale intimidation of voters had been obtained from ward numbers 51, 50, 15, 8, 6,5 and a couple of. Trinamool Congress filed practically 100 complaints earlier than the state Election Fee and later took to the streets, organising a sit-in demonstration earlier than the East Agartala police station from the place leaders, together with the chief of the get together’s State steering committee Subal Bhowmik, had been detained and later launched.

The CPI-M, then again, demanded full countermanding of the Agartala civic polls and whole repoll in all 51 wards of the civic physique on related grounds. That demand additionally discovered resonance with the Trinamool Congress. Each events plan to maneuver Supreme Court docket on Friday on grounds of contempt.

A number of Trinamool candidates with grievous physique accidents had been noticed within the latter a part of the day on the GB Pant Hospital. Tapan Biswas from ward quantity 51 alleged he sustained critical accidents on his eyes and face after he was assaulted by goons sheltered by the BJP. Padma Bhattacharya, the candidate from ward quantity 8, sitting anxiously earlier than the hospital’s trauma care centre alleged her son, Dhiman, had his cranium cracked open and shoulder badly damage after a bunch of 5-6 BJP staff assaulted him when he had gone to solid his vote.

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 “The allegations are largely exaggerated. The Trinamool is enjoying to the gallery as a result of they don’t have any actual floor presence. Some studies of violence had been obtained from a few wards among the many 225 which went for polls. That may be a minuscule share. The Left is on its means out for good and is desperately making an attempt to carry on to straws like these for existence,” stated Tinku Roy, Common Secretary, Tripura BJP, whereas summing up the day’s experiences.

“We’re pleased with the best way polls have occurred within the State immediately and we’re assured that the federal government’s efficiency for the event of city areas will likely be recognised by individuals in these elections,” he added.

The fees, counter-charges however, the spotlight of the day was maybe BJP MLA Sudip Roy Burman taking to the streets after receiving misery calls from staff of opposition events. “These individuals had been beforehand staff of the BJP. They could now be working for different events and are on the receiving finish of aggravated assault. I’m an elected consultant of all residents of my constituency, regardless of their political affiliation and it’s my responsibility to face beside them when they’re in misery. I’ll attempt to get them again to my get together if I retain their confidence,” Roy Burman stated whereas comforting a Trinamool Congress ballot agent and a CPIM candidate in ward quantity 8, each of who alleged they had been assaulted and intimidated by BJP staff.

Roy Burman had lately lashed out at Chief Minister Biplab Deb and blamed him for “administrative incompetence” on account of the pre-poll cases of violence. Until studies had been final obtained, the general voter turnout at 4 pm was practically 75 per cent. Political observers termed the quantity as “spectacular”.

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