Agartala: The ruling BJP on Sunday swept the civic body elections in Tripura with the saffron camp winning all the seats of the 51-member Agartala Municipal Corporation and clinching several other urban local bodies.
The opposition TMC and CPI (M) failed to open an account in the AMC.
The saffron party secured all the wards in the 15-member Khowai Municipal Council, 15-member Kumarghat Municipal Council and nine-member Sabroom Nagar Panchayat.
The saffron party made a clean sweep in the 15-ward Teliamura Municipal council and 13-member Amarpur Nagar Panchayat.
Sonamura Nagar panchayat and Melaghar Nagar Panchayat became opposition less with the BJP winning all the 13 seats each. It also won 11-member Jirania Nagar Panchayat.
The ruling party emerged victorious in 17 of the 17 wards of Belonia Municipal Council, and the result for one is yet to be announced.
The party bagged 12 seats in Ambassa Municipal council, while the TMC and CPI-M won one seat each and another goes to an independent candidate.
In the 25-member Dharmanagar Municipal Council, 25 seats went to the saffron camp and the results for one seat is to be declared.
The BJP also won in 16 of the 17-member Kailashahar Municipal Council and the CPI (M) got one.
In the 13-member Panisagar Nagar Panchayat BJP won 12 seats, and the CPI-M bagged one.
The BJP had fielded candidates for all the 334 seats of Agartala Municipal Corporation, 13 municipal bodies and six Nagar Panchayats in the state where its nominees won in 112 places uncontested.
The electoral battle saw the ruling BJP locked in battle with the Trinamool Congress which is foraying into the Northeast and elsewhere to establish itself as a national party, and with the CPI(M) which the saffron party had dethroned from power in this state some years ago.
The TMC which alleged vote-rigging and intimidation in elections held on Thursday had demanded countermanding of the entire election while the CPI(M) had sought fresh elections in five municipal bodies including the AMC.
Both parties had claimed that the authorities remained silent spectators as BJP supporters attacked political rivals and rigged the election. The saffron party however stoutly denied the charges.
Reacting to the impressive performance by his party in the elections, state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said the results of Tripura civic polls have exposed the “hollowness” of TMC’s claims of having made inroads into the northeastern state. He said people there have faith in the saffron party.
Describing TMC workers campaigning in Tripura as “hired people”, Nath told reporters his party shares a “strong bond” with the residents of that state.
“The civic poll results are on expected lines. The TMC did not have any chance to open its account in Tripura, they only made noises. This verdict shows hired people from West Bengal cannot help a party create a base in a state, which has faith in the BJP,” Nath added.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “the land of Tripura Sundari was being maligned and has been answered and I bow down to the people of the state for giving the right answer through the EVMs and letting them know the pulse of the people 98.50 per cent seats BJP has won and was gifted by the people of the state.”
Those who wanted to malign the image today should see that be the minority-dominated Kailashahar or Sonamura, people have voted for the development of the state and that reflects through the votes.
The answers have been given by the people to those who have insulted the state for the last few days.
He also said that the win in Tripura was because of the traditional and cultural unity.
The win of BJP was due to the hard work and dedication through the platform which was provided under the leadership of PM Modi.
In West Bengal, the land should be respected and those who are doing politics should not insult the state.
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