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CPI(M) withdraws from Charilam election in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The CPI(M) in today to seat, citing "post-poll violence" in the constituency.

Polling to the Charilam seat was postponed following the death of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, a week before the February 18 elections in the state.

The party had later fielded Palash Debbarma from the seat.

Palash Debbarma was pitted against and newly appointed Deputy Jishnu Debbarman, who is not a member of the 60-member Assembly. The has nominated from the seat.

Charilam is slated to go to polls on March 12.

CPI(M) said the BJP, along with Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT), has resorted to "post-poll violence in the constituency".

"The CPI(M) candidate was compelled to stay outside the constituency despite being a permanent resident of the place. He is not in a position to move in the constituency even with security cover. Any election held in such a situation would be nothing but a one-sided exercise," Dhar said.

The CPI(M) had earlier requested the to postpone the Charilam poll till "normalcy gets restored" in the area.

"Since our appeal for postponement has not been considered, we have unanimously decided to withdraw from the election," Dhar said.

Reacting to the CPI(M)'s decision, BJP state in-charge said the was making baseless allegations.

Meanwhile, said the last date for was February 26.

"The electronic voting machines will have a symbol for them (CPI(M)) and the election process will continue as scheduled," he said.

yesterday became the of the first BJP government in Tripura, ending the 25-year rule of the Left Front. Jishnu was sworn in as the deputy along with seven other ministers.

and had attended the function.

The BJP-IPFT alliance had won the polls with a two-thirds majority in the Assembly. While the BJP had bagged 35 seats, the IPFT won eight out of the 59 seats that went to polls.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 19:30 IST