The EC ordered repolling in one polling booth of six Assembly constituencies including Dhanpur which is the home turf of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar since 1998.
Tripura: Polling continued till 12-30 am last night in many booths and so, the final polling percentage was not available on Sunday, state Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti told reporters in Agartala.
The voter turnout was 78.5 per cent. Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Ray said there were problems with EVMs and VVPATs in a number of polling booths.
Moumita Gupta, an SFI activist, said, "This time the BJP should form the government. It’s not because the Left hasn’t given us anything or that they haven’t done their job. It’s just that I feel that Tripura is being left way behind."
Tripura assembly elections: The state is crucial for the Left, which is its last bastion in the country, with Manik Sarkar’s 25-year rule facing a sort of referendum this election.
"We have seen what is happening across the country with Muslims being killed, with the gaurakshaks and I believe that Muslims will one day not even be able to read the namaaz. This election is especially important to us," said one of the voters.
The turnout is likely to increase as a large number of people were still standing in queues even after the voting hours were over. Polling will continue till 9pm.
Tripura assembly elections 2018: 307 candidates in the fray for 59 constituencies; BJP banks on its tribal ally
Just down the road from her home lives Sushmita Saha's counterpart from the ruling party. Sadhan Das, 28, a full-time CPI(M) worker, is looking after booth 5 with 16 “seniors” and four “juniors”. CPI(M) booth in-charges like him are simply called "paara committee", or "neighbourhood committee"
About 297 candidates, including 20 women, are in the fray for the elections to the 60-member assembly. Can Manik Sarkar hold on to the Left's last citadel?
The Congress is going it alone in Tripura this time and will contest in 59 seats. The party has not fielded any candidate for Kakrabon constituency in Gomati district.
Tripura elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Rahul's visit comes a day after PM Narendra Modi's election rally in the state where he accused the Left's Manik Sarkar government of blocking development in the state and called for “uprooting” the Communists.
Accuse each other of creating tension; BJP loses Muslim members but its push visible across constituency
“No Indian Prime Minister in the history of the country has ever received the kind of love which I have received from the people of Tripura,” PM Modi said.
Regular poll schedule in the ST reserved Charilam Assembly constituency in Sipahijala district was cancelled after the death of the candidate, Taranikanti told reporters here last evening.
In his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh post the Doklam standoff with China last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a departure from the past, more ministers and officials from the Centre were visiting the north-east regularly.
New BJP supporters vocal about giving up on Congress, CPM too has old and new followers
BJP president Amit Shah alleged Monday that the Congress is not seriously campaigning in Tripura to help the CPM. The Congress has fielded candidates in 59 of Tripura’s 60 seats, but the party is hopeful in only “six to eight seats”, sources said.
Tripura BJP chief Biplab Deb accused the Left Front of running a "Sarkar's sarkar" -- a reference to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar -- and not people's 'sarkar' (government), leading to high unemployment rate and lack of development.
Adityanath, who arrived in Agartala on Monday to campaign for party candidates, said the Left Front government failed to reap the benefits of various central schemes in its 25 years of rule in Tripura.
For nearly two years now, the village has been split down the middle. The village has just over 100 families, 83 of these Muslim.
Tripura is set to go to polls on February 18 and the results will be announced on March 3.
BJP chief Amit Shah also assailed CM Manik Sarkar for running the government with an iron hand, saying authorities in Tripura worked under CPI(M)'s pressure.
Police Sunday found the body of Ramnagar Assembly Constituency booth president Madhu Deb, who plied an auto-rickshaw, hanging from a tree.
Releasing the vision document, senior party leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the approaching elections in the state was extremely “important for both the country as well as the BJP”.
Gaurav Gogoi said, "Post the results, we will attempt to see if parties believe that the people of Nagaland have the right to practise and express their faith and religion and their culture in the manner they choose, and not be imposed upon by a homogenous RSS politics."
The natural resources available in the north-eastern state, such as bamboo and rubber, were not used for its development and the "Left hooliganism" had destroyed industrial prospects.
"We want to change politics of violence in Tripura to politics of development. Bring BJP government in the state and within five years we will make it a model state," Amit Shah said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which had faced a jolt last year in the state after six of its MLAs joined BJP, has formed an alliance with Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) and the National Conference of Tripura for the upcoming election.
The TMC, just ahead of the Assembly polls, had tried hard to stitch an alliance with the Congress in the state but it did not work out, with the TMC demanding 30 seats.
Amit Shah in Tripura LIVE UPDATES: Earlier in January, the BJP national president had accused the Manik Sarkar government in Tripura of “misrule”, alleging that the situation in the state had gone from bad to worse.
Tripura Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told a 'meet the press' programme that the Left Front was fighting the February 18 Assembly elections to save democracy
Madhav alleged Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was a "protector" of corrupt, criminal and oppressive party cadres.
"This election is not being fought by BJP. The youth are fighting this election to ensure they have jobs. The state employees are fighting it so that they can get the 7th Pay Commission," PM Narendra Modi said in Tripura.
Claiming that Tripura remained underdeveloped due to 25 years of Left "misrule", PM Modi tore into the government on Thursday over the lack of employment and the Rose Valley chit fund scam, which has becomes an Achilles heel for CM Manik Sarkar.
Tripura elections LIVE updates: PM Narendra Modi will address two rallies today. Polls to the 60-member Assembly will be held in the state on February 18 and results will be announced on March 3.