Tripura records 89.8% voter turnout in assembly elections: EC

BJP Tripura in charge Sunil Deodhar

BJP Tripura in charge Sunil Deodhar

The Congress is going it alone and is contesting 59 seats.

The Left front Communist Party of India (Marxist) is trying to win a sixth term against the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress Party.

The BJP, an �??also-ran�?? until now in the north-eastern state, is making a determined bid to demolish the red bastion of 25 years, with stalwarts like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah leading the charge.

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The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member assembly was peaceful, with thousands of central paramilitary forces fanning across the northeastern state. The BJP, keen on expanding its footprint in the Northeast has tied up with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), considering that there are 32 percent tribal voters in the state.

Tripura chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti said the Election Commission has appointed police observers, general observers and expenditure observers to ensure free and fair polls. Voting in Charilam constituency has been postponed to March 12 after the death CPI (M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. Twenty seats are reserved for the scheduled tribes.

In the last polls in 2013, the CPI (M) managed to bag an overwhelming majority with 51 seats, while the rest was shared by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Congress party.

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There is 25,73,413 electorate, of whom 13,05,375 are males and 12,68,027 women while the number of third gender voters is 11.

The security has been beefed-up near the Indo-Bangladesh border ahead of the state assembly polls in Tripura, which will be held on Sunday. IPFT will contest in the remaining nine seats.

The counting of the votes will take place on March 3.

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About 16,000 polling personnel accompanied by more than 20,000 armed security personnel have been deployed at 3,174 polling booths.

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