Ready for Tripura Municipal Poll on Nov 25 amid political turmoil
By Our Correspondent, 17/11/2021, Agartala

The Northeastern states of Tripura is going for a crucial poll to the Municipal Councils of the state on November 25 amid the political turmoil and Supreme Court's intervention asking the state government to ensure adequate security arrangements during the poll.

Elections for more than 200 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and other municipal bodies will be held on Thursday. Voters will decide the fate of 785 candidates as they will exercise their franchise amidst tight security arrangements in Tripura.

Earlier this month, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 112 out of the total 334 seats uncontested across 20 urban local bodies, including the AMC. Elections on Thursday are for the remaining 222 seats. The last day for campaigning was on Tuesday and the counting will take place on November 28. The civic polls were earlier scheduled to be held in December last year but got postponed due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

A total of 644 polling stations have been set up for Thursday's elections. Of these, 370 have been identified as ‘ A’ category and the rest 274 as ‘B’ category. Adequate security arrangements are made with the paramilitary forces deployed in the polling booths and other parts of the elections venues across the state. The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined the plea of the TMC to postpone Thursday's elections in Tripura and ordered the Police to increase the security arrangements for conducting free and fair polls and the declaration of results.