The Tripura civic elections started at 7 am as we speak amid claims by the opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), and the Trinamool Congress that employees of the ruling BJP are going round on bikes and intimidating their candidates.
The CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress additionally alleged not all voters have been allowed to enter polling cubicles.
Gangs with their faces masked and sporting helmets have gone door to door warning voters to remain dwelling, the opposition events alleged.
“Information has been pouring from… several wards of Agartala Municipal Council that large number of miscreants are intruding into those areas at the behest of ruling BJP and indulging into terrorising the opposition supporters with dire consequences, with the threat not to move to the polling stations on November 25,” the CPI(M) stated in an announcement.
Voting is happening in 644 cubicles in 13 civic our bodies in Tripura – essentially the most keenly watched struggle being the Agartala Municipal Corporation. In its final tenure, the CPI(M) was answerable for the civic physique. The BJP is making a decided bid to grab it via unfair means, the opposition alleged.
There are a complete of 20 civic our bodies the place elections are due. In seven of them, the BJP has already received unopposed.
The Trinamool Congress, a latest entrant into Tripura politics, has fielded candidates in all 51 wards of the civic physique. The CPI(M) has skipped candidates in a couple of seats.
The election is being held just about underneath the Supreme Court’s watch. In an order on a Trinamool Congress’s attraction final week, the Supreme Court advised the Tripura authorities to make sure the opposition was allowed to function within the political area.
Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev went again to the Supreme Court earlier this week, accusing the Tripura authorities of contempt of courtroom for violating its order and requested that the election ought to be deferred.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to offer an order on this attraction as we speak.