Tripura civic body polls: BJP clinches big victory; TMC, CPM struggle to mark their presence

Out of the 222 seats across 14 urban bodies that went to polls, BJP emerged victorious in 217

The ruling BJP has once again retained its power in the crucial Tripura civic body polls, and restricted the Opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) from scoring maiden seats.

As per the Election Commission of India’s data, of the total 222 seats, the BJP won a total of 217 seats while the CPM registered victory on three seats and the TMC and TIPRA Motha could get hold of only seat each.

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The poll battle for 13 urban local bodies became a centre of attention, with the Supreme Court having to intervene in response to the multiple petitions filed by the TMC and the CPM, urging to postpone the counting of votes of the municipal elections.
According to the state Election Commission data, the ruling BJP has made a clean sweep in the Agartala Municipal Corporation and Sabroom, Belonia, Melagarh, Sonamura, Amarpur and Jiranaia Municipal Councils.

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The ruling BJP has made a clean sweep in the Agartala Municipal Corporation and Sabroom, Belonia, Melagarh, Sonamura, Amarpur and Jiranaia Municipal Councils. Photo: Social media

“The CPM recorded its first victory at Panisagar where the BJP has won 12 seats in the 13- member board. At Kailashahar, the CPM got another victory which took the total tally of the prime opposition party to two,” the state EC said.

Meanwhile, at Ambassa, the TMC managed to register its first victory in the civic polls, while the CPM also managed to gain a seat. The TTAADC ruling TIPRA Motha that made its electoral debut in the civic elections got one seat at Ambassa.

Apart from that, in other civic bodies such as Khowai and Teliamura, the BJP maintained its dominance by winning all seats, the data further informed.

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This is the first civic poll that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018. Photo: Social media

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Reacting to the Tripura civic body polls results, CPM state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury said, “Since the beginning of the poll process, the ruling BJP tried to manipulate all things, so the results went in their favour. We have boycotted the counting as we have already sought the countermand of polls in five selected urban local bodies, including the Agartala Municipal Corporation.”

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However, Chowdhury further admitted the fact that the results were unexpected and the CPM thought the dissent brewing among the people would be reflected through the votes.

“We thought the resentment of the public will be reflected through the votes in the urban local bodies polls. But, our anticipation turned wrong. After getting all details, we shall analyse and strategise accordingly,” he added.

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To a question regarding TMC’s rise in Left strongholds, Chowdhury said his party would work in this regard as well.

This is the first civic poll that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018.
Earlier in the month, tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies.

-PTC News