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Left, Cong allege rigging in Tripura; BJP rubbishes charge

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The opposition Left Front and the on Sunday alleged "blatant rigging" during the first phase of the polls in Tripura, and appealed to voters to resist any such attempt in the next phase on April 18.

Around 77.6 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the election to the West seat on April 11.

"We have witnessed that the first phase of elections was blatantly rigged by the BJP and it is apprehended that the second phase would be no different," Left Front Convener and CPI(M) central committee member, told reporters.

The BJP termed the charges as baseless, and instead, claimed its supporters are being attacked in different parts of the state by CPI(M) and activists.

"The opposition parties have failed to put up election agents. They have become alienated from the people. Their appeal to resist is actually an attempt to spread violence and a verbal tonic to estranged supporters," BJP said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Left Front Committee on Sunday met Sriram Taranikanti, and complained of gross violation of the model code of conduct during first phase of elections.

Front will organise a mass sit-in demonstration in Agartala on April 16 to protest against alleged attacks, violence and rigging in the polls.

said party representatives met officials in New Delhi on Saturday, demanding central forces in all the 1,645 polling booths of East Tripura constituency on April 18.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 00:05 IST