Supreme Court refuses to postpone Tripura civic poll, orders state to maintain peace
By Our Correspondent, 23/11/2021, Agartala

Supreme Court has refused to postpone Tripura civic polls. A hearing was held in the Supreme Court in connection to the petition filed by the Trinamool Congress regarding the ‘worsening law and order situation’ in Tripura. Ahead of the civic body polls to be held in the state on November 25, Tripura has become the site for political tension between the BJP and TMC.

The court mentioned that postponing the elections is a matter of last and extreme recourse. "It is our view that short of postponing elections, the apprehension expressed by the TMC can be suitably addressed by issuing directions to the Tripura government to ensure that remaining phases of the municipal elections take place in a peaceful and orderly manner," added the court.

The court also ordered the state government to file a compliance affidavit containing a detailed statement of steps taken, security for the contesting candidates and protection for the election process. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court orders the Tripura government to submit a statement of complaints lodged, FIRs registered, action taken and arrests made. The statement should be submitted along with the compliance affidavit, the SC said.