Wow Tripura residents celebrated the festival of democracy with great fanfare: 80 percent voting

by Ana Lopez

The citizens of Tripura, a small Indian state, did their duty and voted. According to the figures obtained at seven o’clock, approximately 81 percent voting took place. Counting of votes will take place on March 2.
Assembly elections in Tripura today (February 16) are witnessing a three-way battle, with the CPI(M)-Congress alliance and Tipra Motha challenging the incumbent BJP and its allies to retain power. Polling began at 7 am under tight security at 3,337 polling stations, of which 1,100 were identified as sensitive and 28 critical. 31,000 polling personnel and 25,000 security personnel of central forces have been deployed as the elections to the 60-member house are underway.
There are 259 candidates in the fray for 60 seats and 28.13 lakh voters were registered, out of which approximately 81 per cent voters exercised their right and duty. Election Commission said that polling was completed in an overall peaceful manner.
All the major leaders of the state expressed their confidence to do well by their respective parties. Chief Minister Manik Saha said he was positive about the results. Tipra Motha leader Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, whose party is being seen as an X-factor in this election, said he is confident of a good performance.
The CPM ruled for more than 30 years, until the 2018 upset in Tripura, when the BJP won 36 out of 60 seats in a state where it had no presence. The BJP tied up with the regional IPFT (Indigenous Progressive Front of Tripura).

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