The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Tripura said that the notifications for first phase and second phase polls will be issued on March 18 and 19 next.

Agartala: Lok Sabha elections in Tripura will be held in two phases — April 11 and 18, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI) schedule announced on Sunday. For the first time, polling will be held in two phases, one for East Tripura and the other for West Tripura constituency.

Moments after the announcement of the schedule, BJP state general secretary Pratima Bhowmik said, “The BJP, along with its allies, will form the NDA government for the second time after May 23 with more number of seats. This time, more women will exercise their franchise in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he had launched numerous schemes to empower them right from the grassroots level.”

Bijan Dhar, convener of the Left Front, said, “The party is ready to contest in the Lok Sabha elections. Within next two days, the list of the Left Front candidates will be declared by the party.”

He also said that the CPI-M has submitted memoranda to both Chief Election Commissioner in New Delhi and the Chief Electoral Officer in Agartala demanding peaceful conduct of the elections and tight security in the polling centres to ensure that nobody gets deprived from casting their votes.

Meanwhile, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) vice-president Tapas Dey said that the party has already geared up for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. On March 13, the central committee of the party will organise a meeting in New Delhi to discuss and select the suitable candidates from Tripura.

“The two-phase election will be helpful for the party and also provide adequate security measures for smooth conduct of the general assembly in the state,” the TPCC leader added.

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