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Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Tripura Panchayat polls: 86% seats won uncontested, CPM blames BJP ‘armed gangs’

Tripura Panchayat polls: 86% seats won uncontested, CPM blames BJP ‘armed gangs’
July 13
12:35 2019

NET Bureau

With the BJP winning more than 86 per cent in gram panchayat elections uncontested in Tripura, Opposition CPI(M) on Friday claimed that a large number of its candidates, and that of other opposition parties, were prevented from filing nomination papers by the BJP’s “armed gangs”.

The party alleged that 121 CPI(M) candidates were forced to withdraw their nominations due to threat from BJP workers.

Tripura BJP rejected the charge and claimed its workers have been at the receiving end.

State Election Commissioner G Kameswara Rao said no party has lodged any official complaint with him over violence, and that CPI(M) leaders met once “but they did not have many complaints”.

Tripura is scheduled to hold the three-tier panchayat polls on July 27; July 11 was the last date of withdrawing nominations.

CPI(M) and Congress candidates figure in barely 4 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, out of of total 6,111 gram panchayat seats. The BJP fielded candidates in all 6,111 gram panchayat seats. So far, 5,278 seats have gone to BJP uncontested.

Source: The Indian Express

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