BJP wins 329 of 334 seats in Tripura civic polls


BJP supporters dance as they celebrate the party’s victory in the Tripura municipal elections in Agartala on Sunday. (PTI)


On Sunday, TRIPURA’s ruling BJP pulverized the TMC of Mamata Banerjee and the left, capturing with surprising ease the Agartala Municipal Corporation and 13 other civic bodies where it now holds 329 of 334 seats. Challenging its first civic polls after taking power in the Northeast state in 2018, the BJP issued a weak challenge to the opposition after a vitriolic campaign marked by inter-communal tensions, clashes and legal battles that forced the Supreme Court to step in and order peaceful polls. Not a single opposition candidate could win in a constituency of 51 Agartala Municipal Corporation members, who all went to the BJP. The domination of the BJP was so complete that it secured all constituencies of the 15-member Khowai City Council, the 17-seat Belonia City Council, the 15-member Kumarghat City Council, and the nine-member Sabroom Nagar Panchayat, state election commission officials said. The party wiped out the 25-constituency Dharmanagar City Council, 15-seat Teliamura City Council and 13-member Amarpur Nagar Panchayat, they said. Sonamura Nagar Panchayat and Melaghar Nagar Panchayat will be unopposed, with the BJP each winning all 13 seats. He also bagged the 11 Jirania Nagar Panchayat members.

The party won 12 seats on Ambassa city council, while the TMC and CPI-M each won one seat and another went to an independent candidate. The BJP also won 16 seats on the Kailashahar City Council and the CPI (M) won one. In Panisagar Nagar Panchayat, BJP emerged victorious with 12 seats and CPI (M) won one. The BJP won seven wards from Khowai City Council, one from Dharmanagar Municipality, two from Melaghar City Council and 10 from Jirania without challenge. He also won without competition the civic bodies of Ranirbazar, Bishal Ganj, Mohanpur, Kamalpur, Udaipur and Shantirbazar, which together represent 92 constituencies. With the resounding victory, the BJP has in its kitty 329 of the state’s 324 constituencies of urban civic bodies, the CPI-M, which ruled Tripura with an iron fist for decades, three, the Trinamool Congress and the Independent by Mamata Banerjee (one each). Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, in the crosshairs of the opposition against communal violence in the state, called the victory “historic” and said the people of Tripura had given a “sothik jawab” (the correct answer) to opponents of the BJP. “Those who have tried to slander Tripura should see … members of majority and minority communities voted together for development under Narendra Modi ji,” Deb said, smiling broadly as BJP supporters gathered in the streets. Agartala, handing out sweets and dancing to drumbeats. It was jubilation in the BJP camp in neighboring West Bengal where the TMC had beaten him in the legislative elections a few months ago.

“Sincere congratulations to @ BJP4Tripura and the Honorable CM @BjpBiplab for recording a landslide victory in Agartala Corporation and all other Nagar Panchayats and municipalities. We are grateful to the people of Tripura for eliminating the corrupt and fascist Tolamool Party of Bengal, ”Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal opposition leader, said on Twitter. BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted: “The BJP swept the polls from the local organization Tripura. Have a thought for all the opposition, newcomers and sponsored media, who finally understood the existence of Tripura after the BJP came to power in the state. All the conspiracies, the false stories about religious tensions, etc. bite the dust. TMC executives, however, showed courage despite the crushing defeat. Speaking to Twitter, TMC National Secretary General Abhishek Banerjee said the performance was “outstanding” for his party, which had a negligible presence in Tripura.

“This is despite the fact that we started our activities just 3 months ago and @ BJP4Tripura has left nothing to chance for BUTCHER DEMOCRACY in Tripura. Congratulations to all the brave soldiers of @ AITC4Tripura for their exemplary courage, ”he tweeted. Echoing him, TMC secretary general and West Bengal spokesman Kunal Ghosh said his party had managed to secure second place with several seats, “despite the violence unleashed by the ruling BJP.” the low. “2023 is ours, it (the results) is the foundation for Trinamool’s victory in 2023,” Ghosh tweeted as the results continued to flow in from different municipal bodies and the BJP workers here were seen moving. to feast on candy and smear themselves with “gulal” during the day to celebrate their party’s victory in the neighboring state.


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