Tripura civic body elections begin amid accusations of violence

Amid accusations of political violence, civic polls to Tripura's 14 municipalities began on Thursday. TMC officials on Thursday claimed that a party worker was beaten up in ward number 5 in Agartala, the state capital. However, the police could not confirm any untoward incidents. CPI(M) state secretary Jiten Chaudhary also alleged that the ruling party was indulging in voter intimidation in south Tripura district and obstructing party workers from functioning freely. However, the ruling BJP denied these allegations and its spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya on Thursday said Utsaber mejaj e vote hocche (Vote has begun on a celebratory spirit). The run-up to the polls, which should have been a humdrum affair, became a cause celebre after it was marred by violence, arrests, sit-ins in far-away Delhi and a Supreme Court intervention asking officials to ensure peaceful polling. The electoral battle has the ruling BJP locked in battle with the Trinamool Congress which is foraying into th

Tripura civic body elections begin amid accusations of violence
Amid accusations of political violence, civic polls to Tripura's 14 municipalities began on Thursday. TMC officials on Thursday claimed that a party worker was beaten up in ward number 5 in Agartala, the state capital. However, the police could not confirm any untoward incidents. CPI(M) state secretary Jiten Chaudhary also alleged that the ruling party was indulging in voter intimidation in south Tripura district and obstructing party workers from functioning freely. However, the ruling BJP denied these allegations and its spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya on Thursday said Utsaber mejaj e vote hocche (Vote has begun on a celebratory spirit). The run-up to the polls, which should have been a humdrum affair, became a cause celebre after it was marred by violence, arrests, sit-ins in far-away Delhi and a Supreme Court intervention asking officials to ensure peaceful polling. The electoral battle has the ruling BJP locked in battle with the Trinamool Congress which is foraying into th