Peaceful polling in Tripura assembly by-election

Agartala, June 27 (IANS) Voters queued up at polling stations on Saturday for the by-elections to two assembly seats in Tripura as the balloting began on a peaceful note, an official said.

The official said a quarter of the electorate cast their ballot at the 115 polling stations in the first two hours.

The polling began at 8 a.m.

There has been no report of any untoward incident so far, the official added.

“Polling is under way at 115 polling stations in Pratapgarh and Surma assembly segments. Central paramilitary forces and Tripura State Rifles troopers have been deployed to hold the by-polls smoothly,” the official said.

According to the officials, 50,004 voters in Pratapgarh and 42,142 in Surma assembly constituencies are eligible to cast their votes to choose their representative from the nine candidates in the fray.

The Election Commission has appointed four observers, around a 100 micro-observers and several hundred polling personnel to hold the by-polls.

Counting of ballots for the assembly seats, both reserved for the Scheduled Caste, will be held on June 30.

The by-elections were necessitated after the death of ruling CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) stalwart and former minister Anil Sarkar (Pratapgarh) and former minister Sudhir Das (Surma).

Sarkar represented his constituency for eight times in a row since 1978, Das won the Surma seat on five consecutive occasions since 1993.

Besides CPI-M, the main opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party and other smaller parties have put up candidates in Pratapgarh (in western Tripura) and Surma (in northern Tripura) assembly constituencies.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here