Voting Started on 59 Seats

People outside at a polling booth in Tripura's Udaipur

Counting of votes will be held on March 3. Tripura is known for very high voter turnout. Polling was deferred to March 12 in Charilam (Reserved-Tribal) seat due to the death of sitting MLA and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. The IPFT, an anti-Left party, will contest the remaining nine. It has fielded 57 candidates.

Overall, today the election commission has set up 3,174 polling stations in Tripura; 47 of them are being managed by women.

Manik Sarkar, the poorest Chief Minister of the country, is leading the CPI-M-led Left Front government in the state for 25 years.

But CPI (M) has objected to reports of a closed-door meeting between the special observer and the state BJP president at the Chief Electoral Officer's chamber.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which has forged an alliance with tribal outfit Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), has fielded 51 candidates.

In the 2013 and 2008 Assembly polls, Tripura witnessed record balloting at 92 and 91 per cent respectively.

The Congress went it all alone in Tripura this time and contested from 59 seats. The party has not fielded any candidate from the Kakrabon assembly seat of Gomti district.

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Twenty seats are reserved for the scheduled tribes.

Election commission is monitoring the poll process through web casting at nearly all polling booths.

Over 30,000 civil officials would be engaged in the conduct of the elections.

As dawn alighted on Sunday, the citizens of Tripura began exercising their franchise to elect representatives for the nascent 10th Legislative Assembly.

"It is certain that the 8th Left Front government will be formed in Tripura after these elections". The Prime Minister addressed four rallies.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is the BJP's Tripura election in-charge, claimed that Tripura would be the BJP's 20th state.

The Congress' important nominees are state party Chief Birajit Sinha, legislator Gopal Roy and former minister Laxmi Nag.

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