- Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Tripura government on Tuesday castigated the Trinamool Congress for their attempt to represent the state’s foul picture before the Supreme Court.
TMC on Monday submitted a plea of contempt of court by the BJP-led government in Tripura and to delay the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) election. However, this plea was rejected by the apex court on Tuesday.
In a press conference here in Agartala on Tuesday evening, Tripura Law minister Ratanlal Nath said “The TMC had earlier moved the Apex Court to postpone the polls for a week in the wake of a rise in of violence in Tripura”.
“The Supreme Court has given this instruction in the hearing of that application Tripura will be held on November 25”, he added.
Nath asserted that campaigning for the ensuing election has come to an end on Tuesday, and the results will be announced on November 28 next. The TMC has failed to initiate its propaganda before the Supreme Court.
He asserted “The Supreme Court in its ruling said that postponing an election in a democracy is an extreme recourse. The apex court also suggested deploying additional central forces, if necessary”.
Referring to the pre-poll order on Tuesday, the next hearing of the case will be on November 25, the Apex Court said.
Meanwhile, the Law minister said “A joint meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning, led by the IG and DG of Police, as per the direction of the Supreme Court”.
A report was asked to be submitted to the Supreme Court on the steps being taken for the security of the polls.
At the press conference, Tripura High Court’s advocate general Siddharth Shankar Dey told reporters that the concerns raised by the Trinamool Congress over the postponement of the vote can only be resolved if the state government is instructed to make arrangements for peaceful voting.
Advocate general also said “Multiple petitions were filed in the Supreme Court and High Court. Among them, three were listed in High Court and two in Apex Court while one writ petition pending”.