Tripura votes today; straight contest between Left, BJP alliance
With around 26 lakh voters exercising their franchise in Tripura today, the northeastern state will for the first time witness a direct contest between the Left Front that has been in power for 25 years and an alliance led by the BJP.
It is said that nearly fifty percent of the voters had voted in by 1 pm on Sunday.
The election will decide the fate of incumbent Chief Minister Manik Sarkar as well as the BJP which is eyeing yet another state in the crucial north east.
The BJP has tied up with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a party that wants a separate state for tribals carved out of Tripura.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meanwhile appealed that people of Tripura need to turn out to vote in record numbers.
Today’s polls will decide the electoral fortunes of 292 candidates, including 23 women. The Left front and the BJP-led alliance are contesting all the seats. The Congress has put up candidates in all but one seat.
300 companies of central forces have been deployed to ensure free and fair polling. Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) R K Pachnanda has been appointed special observer to coordinate the security forces on election duty. >