North East elections: 25-year Left rule in Tripura set to end as BJP takes strong lead

Agartala: The Bhartiya Janata Party and its alliance partner the Ingenious People’s Front of Tripura are way ahead of the ruling CPI-M led Left Front as the counting of votes in the 59 assembly constituencies is going on.

Polling has been countermanded in one constituency of the 60-strong assembly following the death of a CPI-M candidate a week before the February 18 polls.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spearheaded LF, which has been ruling the Northeastern state uninterruptedly for the past 25 years, is leading in 39 seats and the left is leading 16 seats, according to the Indian Express. 

The NDTV also reported the the BJP is poised for a historic win in the state which has been under the Left rule of 25 years. The channel reported that Sushil Kumar Modi, deputy chief minister of Bihar wrote on twitter that “CPM Tripura fort to crumble in next 1 hour.”

Prohibitory orders under 144 CrPc has been promulgated in and around all the locations as a precautionary measure.
“Huge numbers of central para-military force and state security forces have been deployed to tackle any disturbances during the process,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy told IANS.

Metal detectors and six CCTVs in each counting hall were installed while videography is being done to record the entire counting process, he said.

The Election Commission has appointed 47 general observers and eight police observers to oversee the counting process.

A total of 290 candidates, including 23 women of the ruling CPI-M, Communist Party of India, BJP and Congress and many independents, are in the fray.

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