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Ruling allies clash in Tripura over submission of nomination

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The ruling workers clashed with activists of ally and opposition at two places of since Monday over submission of nomination papers for the coming by-polls in panchayat bodies.

Altogether 21 political workers and policemen were injured in the two clashes that occurred in West and Sipahijala districts, police said.

Workers of the and its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of (IPFT) clashed at Boxanagar in Sipahijala district Monday over submission of nomination papers.

The and the have announced to contest the panchayat by-polls and the next Lok Sabha polls separately.

Sipahijala SP Kulwant Singh said, "We dispersed the mob after a lathi charge and bursting of tear "

said, altogether 13 persons - Rajdip Deb, one CRPF man, six supporters and five BJP supporters - were injured.

The IPFT charged the BJP with attacking its cadres while the saffron party denied the allegation.

"We are in an alliance with BJP in the state government. After mutual consultation, we went to submit nomination papers at Boxanagar. Some BJP leaders stopped us on our way. Later BJP supporters attacked us with stones, bombs, sticks. Many of us were injured," claimed.

BJP Mrinal Kanti Deb, however, said the party was not involved in any attack on the IPFT.

"The IPFT is our ally in There is no strain in the relationship. We also believe in friendly, democratic electoral exercise and have not attacked supporters. These are baseless allegations," Deb said.

He said these "local issues" would not affect the BJP's alliance with the IPFT in the government.

In the other clash Tuesday, two groups of the BJP and the clashed near the Dukli Rural Development block, about 12 km from here, and the police lobbed tear and resorted to lathi charge to disperse them.

Amtali SDPO said the trouble started at shortly after 12 noon when supporters of the two parties were engaged in a fight over submission of nominations.

"At least eight persons including two policemen were injured. One of them received on the head," Das said.

Tripura Pradesh Congress alleged that BJP supporters had attacked his partymen.

Over 3,000 seats of gram panchayat, panchayat samiti and zilla parishad have become vacant after elected public representatives resigned since the assumed office on March 9 this year.

The by-elections would be held on September 30.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 19:25 IST