Tripura Panchayat Polls: BJP Wins 86% Seats Uncontested
After winning more than 86% seats in the Panchayat elections uncontested in Tripura by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the CPI (M) has claimed that a large number of the opposition parties’ candidates were prevented from filing nomination papers by the BJP goons.
The party alleged that as many as 121 CPI (M) nominees were forced to withdraw their nominations due to the threat from BJP armed gangs, a claim categorically rejected by the BJP.
The opposition CPI (M) and Congress candidates figure in barely 4% and 10% respectively out of total 6,111 gram panchayat seats. The BJP fielded candidates in all the 6,111 seats. 5,278 seats have been won by the BJP uncontested so far, as per state election commission. The election commission said that there are 56 candidates for the panchayat samiti in the field out of 419 seats and 67 Left Front candidates for the 116 seats in the Zilla Parishad.
Three out of 393 gram panchayat seats are set to see a contest, the rest having gone uncontested in Dhalai district. The panchayat samiti and Zilla Parishad seats have gone uncontested in the district.
The CPI (M) in a statement said that there are 306 candidates of the Left Front in the fray out of 6,111 seats and 56 candidates out of 419 seats for the panchayat samiti and in Zilla Parishad there are 67 left front candidates for 116 seats.
The party also claimed that during the nomination period its candidates were prevented from collecting and filing nomination papers by armed gangs of the BJP.