TMC candidate (right) injured in violence during civic polls
In the midst of the ongoing civic elections in Tripura, reports of violence have come to the fore from many places. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has alleged that party workers have been beaten up badly and candidates have also been attacked in Agartala and other places. The TMC also claimed that at least 20 EVMs were tampered with in Agartala when the elections began. CPM’s Phulan Bhattacharya also alleged that people were being threatened to vote in favor of the BJP. The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied these allegations.
TMC wrote on Twitter, “The law and order in Tripura has completely failed and the whole country is watching it. Chief Minister Biplab Deb has failed to save the state. Tripura BJP goons have not only mercilessly attacked our candidates and booth agents, but they have not spared the common people either. Shame on BJP.”
TMC alleged that our candidate from ward no-51 was attacked badly. His eye was seriously injured. Tripura TMC, sharing several videos of the assault incident on Twitter, wrote that Biplab Deb is making fun of the Supreme Court. There have also been reports of assaults with BJP workers in many places.
22 per cent polling till 11 am
Amid allegations of political violence, 22 per cent people exercised their franchise in the first four hours till 11 am in the morning polling for 14 civic bodies. State Election Commission Secretary Pallav Bhattacharya said that till now no information has been received about violence or malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
Our candidate from Ward Number 51 was BRUTALLY ATTACKED! His eyes are swollen and he is seriously injured!@BJP4Tripura goons are not sparing anyone! Complete disregard for the Hon’ble Supreme Court! pic.twitter.com/5WnsdXBOLy
— AITC Tripura (@AITC4Tripura) November 25, 2021
The official said that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, two companies of the Border Security Force and 500 personnel of the Tripura State Rifles have been deployed, besides other deployments. The court on Thursday directed that two additional companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) be provided to ensure the security of every polling station.
Court directed not to stop the media
The court said that if any urgent situation arises, every polling officer can take the help of CAPF officers. The court said that the state government has told the high court that there are no CCTV cameras at the polling stations, so it is allowing uninterrupted access to print and electronic media during municipal elections. It clarified that the CAPF personnel would be deployed to guard the ballot boxes till the counting of votes on November 28.
In the Tripura civic elections, BJP has fielded its candidates on all the seats. She has won 112 of the total 334 seats in Agartala Municipal Corporation and 19 urban bodies unopposed. A total of 785 candidates are in the fray for the remaining 222 seats. There are total 5,94,772 eligible voters.
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