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Hours earlier than civic polls, Tripura CPM chief sends SOS message to Supreme Court docket

AGARTALA: Hours earlier than folks within the state’s city areas vote for brand spanking new municipal our bodies, Tripura’s Communist Get together of India (Marxist) chief Jitendra Chaudhary on Wednesday rushed to the Supreme Court docket to hunt its intervention to make sure free and truthful civic physique elections, CPM leaders mentioned late on Wednesday.

Chaudhary additionally despatched a letter to Tripura police chief VS Yadav, alleging that a lot of “outsiders” and “miscreants” have entered areas which can be going to vote on Thursday in a seamless effort to terrorise opposition candidates and their supporters.

“ …large number of miscreants are intruding into those areas at the behest of ruling BJP and indulging into terrorising the houses of the opposition supporters with dire consequences, with the threat not to move to the polling stations tomorrow on 25th November 2021,” Chaudhury mentioned in his letter to DGP Yadav.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court docket rejected the Trinamool Congress request to defer the civic physique polls however informed the police to submit inside two days an action-taken report on incidents of violence within the state dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP.

“While we are not inclined to accede to the prayer for postponing polls, we are equally of the view that it is the duty of the director-general of police (DGP), the inspector general of police (IGP – law and order) and the home secretary of the state of Tripura to assuage any misgivings about the fairness of the law enforcement machinery in supporting the electoral process,” a bench of justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Vikram Nath dominated on Tuesday.

In an announcement quickly after the courtroom ruling, the Tripura police listed the extra steps that have been being taken.

Opposition events, nonetheless, insist that the police motion has fallen quick.

“There is no reflection of improved law and order in the state even after the Supreme Court directed to ensure a peaceful and fair election,” Trinamool Congress convener Subal Bhowmik informed reporters.

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya mentioned, “The state has complied with the Supreme Court order and accordingly, proper security arrangement was made. The opposition is making baseless allegations”.

The ruling BJP has received 112 seats uncontested out of a complete of 334 seats on which elections have been to be held. Voting for the remaining 222 native city physique seats will start from 7am throughout 644 polling stations. There are 785 candidates within the fray, and over 5.94 lakh persons are entitled to vote.

Of the overall of 644 polling stations, 370 have been recognized as ‘ A’ class the place 4 Tripura State Rifles personnel might be deployed. Within the remaining 274 ‘B’ class polling stations, 4 armed police personnel can be stationed.

Moreover, two sections of the Central Reserve Police Pressure (CRPF) are deployed at robust room and authorities press. All returning officers and observers have been supplied private safety officers.

“After the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, additional 15 sections of CRPF are also being provided for the Agartala municipal elections and outside,” mentioned an announcement from the assistant inspector normal of police on Tuesday.

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