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78% turnout in Tripura, 14% dipA man carries his mother after she cast her vote at Zaithang in Dharmanagar, Tripura, on Sunday. PTI

78% turnout in Tripura, 14% dip

Polling for 59 of 60 Assembly seats peaceful; votes to be counted on March 319 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

AGARTALA/NEW DELHI:Around 78 per cent of over 25.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase Tripura Assembly polls today, 14 per cent lower than the previous state elections.

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Agartala/New Delhi, Feb 18 

Around 78 per cent of over 25.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase Tripura Assembly polls today, 14 per cent lower than the previous state elections. The BJP is trying to dislodge the Left Front after an unbroken 25-year stint in power. The votes will be counted on March 3.

A total of 292 candidates, including 23 women, are in the fray. The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was peaceful with thousands of Central paramilitary forces fanning across the north-eastern state. The voter turnout till 9 pm was 78.56 per cent, said Tripura Election Commissioner G Kameswara Rao later tonight.

There were reports of malfunction in electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some polling stations which were rectified.

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Polling could not be held in the Charilam constituency due to the death of CPM candidate Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma last week. The constituency will go to the polls on March 12.

In the last Assembly elections, the voter turnout was recorded at 91.82 per cent, while in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 84.32 per cent, said Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain.

He said two crude bombs were detected and disposed of by security personnel.

The voter turnout was likely to rise as long queues were seen at polling stations even after 4 pm, the time for the voting to conclude. Under the electoral laws, voters standing in queue at the scheduled time for voting to conclude are allowed to exercise their franchise.

Additional CEO Tapas Roy said initially there were problems with several EVMs, which were fixed.

The BJP has emerged as the key challenger to the CPM-led Left Front, which has remained unvanquished in the last five Assembly elections. Manik Sarkar, one of the most enduring icons of the CPM, has helmed the state for the last four terms.

The Congress, which has been marginalised in Tripura, was last in power between February 1988 and March 1993. It is contesting 59 seats. 

The BJP, which has been rapidly expanding its footprint in the North-East, with the party already in power in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, has forged an alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an anti-Left party. The BJP has fielded candidates for 51 seats, while its ally is contesting nine seats.  — PTI

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