BJP Gets Big Chunk Of Tripura Civic Elections, Counting Is On: 10 Facts

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Tripura Municipal Election Results: Counting of votes is taking place today.

New Delhi: The BJP has started celebrating in Tripura as the counting of votes progressed for elections to 13 civic bodies, held amid bitter political feud with the Trinamool Congress. The BJP is ahead in most seats, Trinamool has won one, the CPM three.

Here is your ten-point cheat sheet on this big story:

  1. Of the 51 wards, the BJP has won 28 till now, elections were held on 13 Urban Local Bodies that went to polls on November 25. Agartala is the only Municipal Corporation,  while others are Municipal Councils or Nagar Panchayats.

  2. The BJP is leading across the state while the CPM got one seat each in Ambassa Nagar Panchayat in Dhalai District,  Panisagar Nagar Panchayat in North district,  and Kailashahar Municipal Coucil in Unakoti district.

  3. The Trinmool got one seat in Ambasa. A regional party, Tipra Motha, has got one seat in Ambasa.

  4. A total of 334 seats are available in the urban local bodies, including AMC with 51 wards, 13 municipal councils, and six nagar panchayats.

  5. The BJP has already won 112 of the 334 seats uncontested in AMC and 19 urban local bodies. Around 785 candidates are in the race for the remaining 222 seats.

  6. This is the first civic election that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018. The contest is mainly between the BJP, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the CPM.

  7. The Trinamool has demanded that the elections be declared invalid, alleging they were “heavily rigged and reduced to a farce” by the ruling BJP. The CPM has also demanded the same in five wards of AMC.

  8. BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya has said the party has asked its workers to maintain discipline. “Party karyakartas were asked to follow the organisational tradition after the announcement of the results,” Mr Bhattacharya said in a statement.

  9. There is heavy security deployment across the state. Thousands of personnel from the Tripura State Rifles and central paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive areas where the counting centres are located.

  10. There have been reports of a series of violent incidents in Tripura as the Trinamool Congress is trying to gain foothold in the state ahead of the 2023 assembly elections.

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