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Over 80% votes cast for Tripura Assembly seat

IANS  |  Agartala 

Over 80 per cent of the 36,793 electors cast their votes on Monday in the constituency in western Tripura, an said.

According to the Returning Officer, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the constituency.

"In all, 36,793 voters, including 17,880 women, were eligible to cast votes. Around 1,000 voters were still awaiting their turn at the end of scheduled polling time at 4 p.m.," told IANS.

Elections were held in 59 of the 60 Assembly constituencies in on February 18. Balloting in Charilam (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe) was deferred after (CPI-M) nominee died on February 11 due to a

Five candidates, including Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) nominee and Deputy and Communist Party of India-Marxist's Palash Debbarma are in the fray in Charilam.

However, on the last day of campaigning on March 10, the CPI-M-led Left Front withdrew its candidate citing "extremely terrible situation" in the tribal-dominated areas of "due to massive reign of terror unleashed by the BJP".

Tribal outfit Indigenous People's Front of is an ally of BJP.

of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said that since March 7, no post-poll incident was reported from anywhere in the state.

"We had earlier received little over 100 complaints of attacks and arson. Police took immediate action in all cases," he told

CPI-M delegations led by party and former visited many areas hit by violence in the state after the polls.

Yechury, who left the state on Monday after a four-day visit to the trouble-torn areas, said the should keep intact the people's trust and confidence besides ensuring free and fair elections.

"The situation in Charilam is horrifically bad due to excessive reign of terror since the BJP got a majority in the Assembly elections on Saturday."

Yechury said a party delegation met and two Election Commissioners in on March 8 to urge them to postpone Charilam election till peace and normalcy was restored in the state.

Another party delegation met and raised similar demand.

"Specific instances of attacks on party offices, houses of party members and physical assaults on over 20 party leaders and members along with photographs and videos were submitted to the poll authorities but they did nothing."



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:04 IST