Agartala: The stage is all set for the three-tier panchayat by-elections in Tripura on September 30.
Massive arrangements have been made to hold the by-elections in the 3,207 gram panchayat seats, 161 panchayat samiti seats and 18 seats of zilla parishad seats in the state. The seats had fallen vacant after a large number of representatives resigned following the BJP-IPFT government assuming power in the state in March this year.
Official sources said here that 7.8 lakh people are eligible to exercise their franchise during the by-elections. A comprehensive list of the villages was prepared by segregating assembly electoral rolls which are currently in force in the state. Altogether 1,730 polling stations have been set up for the polls which will be held through ballot boxes.
Tripura’s ruling BJP has already emerged victorious in 96% of the 3,386 seats of the three-tier Gram Panchayat bodies without contest, amid allegations of violence from opposition CPM and Congress. Technically, by-polls will be held on September 30 only for the remaining 139 seats.
Earlier, severely criticising the BJP workers for indulging in violent activities ahead of the election, CPI-M state spokesman Gautam Das had alleged that the BJP workers were not allowing members of other parties to file nomination papers. He further alleged that the ruling BJP workers were also involved in threatening of candidates from other parties.
Rubbishing the opposition parties’ allegations, state BJP spokesman Mrinal Kanti Deb said the opposition parties, especially the CPI-M, could not find suitable candidates for the Gram Panchayat elections and most people are not interested to contest the elections in Tripura on behalf of the Left parties and the Congress.