Agartala: A reported clash between supporters of the ruling BJP and opposition CPI(M) in Kurti village of North Tripura marred the panchayat by-elections in the state on Sunday. A BJP Mahila Morcha worker was allegedly injured in the incident,
Tripura is holding the by-elections to 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.
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 CPI(M) and Congress. Technically, by-polls are being held only for the remaining 139 seats on Sunday.
In Kurti village, the BJP accused CPI(M) workers of booth capturing and casting fake votes. BJP state spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb said: “The CPI(M) doesn't believe in democracy, The party had lost their minds after losing the 2018 general assembly elections and not being able to nominate their candidates in more than 96% seats. We condemn such kind of politics. We will fight it in out in a democratic way.”