Here are the highlights on Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018: The saffron party inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Left Front which had never faced such a situation even when it had lost power in 1988 to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine.
Considered the first true test for the Left Front government of 25 years in the state — 20 of which saw Chief Minister Manik Sarkar at the helm — this assembly election was more than just about ideology.
Tripura Election Results 2018: All you need to know: Propelled by the Congress whose seven MLAs defected to the BJP in the run-up to the elections, it has emerged as the main challenger for the Left.
The CPI(M) had earlier raised questions on the neutrality of the state election department, claiming that re-polling was ordered only in those constituencies where the ruling Left Front had clear winning prospects.
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.
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“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.