EDC holding police and Tripura State Riffles personnel will be allowed to cast their votes in uniforms but they will have to deposit their weapons at the counters outside polling station Credit: File Image

Agartala: The counting of votes in connection with the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 13 other civic bodies will be held on Sunday.

The votes will be counted for six nagar panchayats, seven municipal council and Agartala Municipal Corporation in 13 counting centres across the state.

The Tripura Police has made a three-tier security arrangement for the counting centres by deploying Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and police personnel to maintain the law and order situation.

Besides, sufficient TSR and CRPF personnel have been deployed for maintenance of law and order in the adjoining areas of the counting centres.

A statement issued by the state police read, “It is requested of the members of the public not to pay any heed to any kind of rumours. Tripura Police appeals to the citizens of Tripura to maintain peace and tranquillity during and after counting of the votes.”

Earlier on polling day, the police held 98 persons, including 32 Trinamool Congress supporters, 25 CPM supporters and 41 outsiders, on the charge of attempt of breach of peace. All of them were later released.

The elections were held on November 25 at 222 seats across 13 ULBs out of 334 seats in 20 civic bodies and recorded 81.58 per cent turnout amidst Supreme Court directive to ensure free and fair elections. The ruling BJP had won in 112 seats uncontested in seven civic bodies.

CPIM boycott

Opposition CPIM has announced their decision to boycott the counting of votes, alleging rigging and large-scale violence during the voting day.

Speaking with EastMojo, CPIM State Secretary Jitendra Chaudhury said the party had decided to boycott counting in all those ULBs where they have demanded countermand.

“The state election commission (SEC) had completely surrendered before the ruling BJP and the police were equally responsible behind it,” Chaudhury said.

The ruling BJP, in a press statement, said BJP state leaders held detailed discussions on the role of party karyakartas in connection with counting and possible situation after counting.

“Party workers should maintain control at par with organizational tradition after announcement of results. All party workers should remember their happiness and joy should not cause sadness of others,” BJP state spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said.

Meanwhile, the Agartala Club Forum, the largest organisation of all social and cultural organisations in Tripura, appealed to all peace-loving people to maintain law and order post counting across Agartala and other parts of the state.

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