Agartala: Ahead of the municipal elections on December 22, a delegation of CPI-M workers led by deputy leader Badal Chowdhury met with state DGP AK Shukla on Wednesday and handed over a memorandum demanding security for the opposition parties while filling nominations.
While addressing a press conference, Chowdhury said the demand came after party workers sought a similar security cover during the recently held panchayat by-polls in the state.
East Tripura MP Jitendra Chaudhury alleged that the ruling party and its workers were doing whatever necessary to stop his workers from contesting the elections akin to what was noticed during the three-tier panchayat elections in October.
Meanwhile, the ruling BJP also called on a press conference condemning the allegations put forth by CPI-M leaders. BJP general secretary Rajib Bhattacharjee lashed upon the opposition party, saying: “If you (BJP) fail to give candidates in the vacant seats, why are we (BJP) to hold responsible for that?”
Along with the election to 10 municipalities, by-elections will also be held for vacant seats in five other urban local bodies including the Agartala Municipal Corporation on December 22.
In all, 1,70,340 voters — 85,153 male and 25,187 female — will cast their votes during the upcoming elections.
The official notification will be issued on November 26 and the last date of filling of nominations is December 4, followed by the scrutiny of nominations on December 5. Polling will take place from 7 am to 4 pm on December 22. Counting will be done on December 26.