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IN TRIPURA CIVIC POLLS, BJP EMERGES MATCHLESS BUT TMC CRIES FOUL
Even as the civic polls were seen as a precursor to the Big Ticket Assembly polls in Tripura in 2023… and if that is true by any sense… The end result was largely tilted in favour of Biplab and Company. Ending days of intense speculation and reports of “violence” in the state… results of the civic polls in Tripura showed that BJP was the most mandated party as it bagged a landslide victory winning all 14 urban bodies.
The elections were held on November 25. The saffron party made a clean sweep in 11 urban bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation. Of the 222 seats in 14 urban bodies that went to the elections, BJP emerged winners in 217.
The Left or rather the CPI(M) (to be precise), which won in all the urban bodies in the last civic body polls, managed to win in three seats across three urban bodies— Kailashahar and Ambassa Municipal Councils and Panisagar Nagar panchayat.
TMC which bagged the second-highest number of votes after the saffron party in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) managed to win a single seat in the Ambassa Municipal Council while the Tripura royal scion Pradyot Kishore-led TIPRA Motha etched victory in just 1 seat.
Thus… for the first time, there’s “no” opposition in Agartala Municipal Corporation. Polls were held for 14 of 20 urban local bodies in the state on November 25. Out of 324 municipal seats in the state, the BJP won 112 seats uncontested and was well ahead of others even before the contest began.
The remaining 222 seats saw a stout 81.54 percent turnout of voters. Claiming that BJP’s victory in the Tripura civic polls as an endorsement from voters in favor of “good governance”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The people of Tripura have given a clear message – that they prefer politics of good governance.
I would like to thank them for their unequivocal support to @BJP4Tripura. These blessings give us greater strength to work for the welfare of each and every person in Tripura.”
However, Trinamool was in no mood to be subdued. Instead, TMC leader Rajib Bhattacharjee said, “Despite so much rigging, booths being looted, violence, false voting and attack on our supporters, the results show TMC could not be entirely stopped. BJP did scientific rigging during the polls. But even then, Trinamool got 24 per cent of the votes on an average across all the urban bodies.
TMC received the second highest number of votes.” Tripura TMC convener Subal Bhowmik said, “This was not an election where the government could change. It had a different dynamic. The results show that a TMC vote bank has been formed in Tripura and this will take us to victory in 2023.”
Soon after winning the crucial Assembly elections in May this year, TMC had literally “left home” to “acquire” greener vistas to add to its already “fertile” arena in Bengal.
And in its bid, the TMC successfully managed to eat into the Congress majorly in Goa and the Meghalaya and brought home the sons of the soil to their fold.
The party (TMC) raked up the violence issue in Tripura to an extent that its delegation rushed to the national capital to seek an appointment with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah days before the civic polls in Tripura.
It may be recalled that the matter had reached the Supreme Court and the apex court had also ordered additional forces to the state to maintain free and fair elections.
However, the Supreme Court on Monday, a day after the Tripura results were announced, sought the response of the Centre and the BJPruled Tripura government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the communal violence in Tripura.
A Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna posed the query on the PIL alleging that the state was hand-in-glove with the perpetrators.
Appearing for PIL petitioner Ehtesham Hashmi, advocate Prashant Bhushan alleged that the violence that took place in October targeted religious places, business establishments and houses belonging to a particular community.
Trinamool, meanwhile got down with the usual business and the party’s supremo, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday night held a closed-door meeting with her “all-India” strength including leaders inducted from places like Goa, Haryana and Meghalaya and the party maintained that TMC was the rightful opposition to the BJP-led Union government.
As if Mission Tripura has been accomplished… at least for now. Didi, meanwhile, has grand plans and is all set to visit Mumbai now to meet NCP and Shiv Sena leaders.
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