The ruling Left Front in Tripura has won all 28 elected seats in polls to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) and grabbed 54.21 percent of all the votes polled, the state’s Election Commission said Wednesday.
The Left Front’s vote percentage has, however, dropped by 9 percent compared to the 2010 polls when it won the same number of seats.
Polls for the 30-seat TTAADC, two of which are filled up by nominations by the Governor, were held on Sunday with 83 percent turn-out.
The state’s main opposition Congress, meanwhile, polled the least percentage of votes at just 5.49 percent, with the BJP polling only slightly better by polling 7.87 percent of the total votes. Its successes were mainly restricted to areas close to the state’s border with Assam, however.
Two tribal parties performed better than both the other national parties active in the state with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) polling 18.6 percent of the votes with many tribal youth believed to be backing its call for a separate state for tribals.
The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), meanwhile, polled 10.77 percent of the votes, taking third place as regards to votes polled.
The IPFT’s relative success in the polls has caused some worry even in the Left Front with CPM’s general secretary for the state Bijan Dhar admitting in a press conference at Agartala that the support the rallying cry has mustered especially among tribal youth might have repercussions in the near future.
The CPM led by CM Manik Sarkar has long dismissed the idea of a separate state for tribals in the North-East’s smallest state.
Tripura has seen ethnic riots and armed tribal groups demanding autonomy since the 1970s, although much of it has greatly diminished in the past decade.
The TTAADC — established by the Left Front in the early 1980s — covers two-thirds of the state’s territory, most of it hills and forests.