Tripura Election 2018: Chumki, the transgender voter votes for the 1st time!

Assembly elections Kerala CM attacks BJP and its alliance in Tripura

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar casts his vote at a polling booth in Agartala, he is an MLA from Dhanpur constituency.

"We want a peaceful situation and employment for youths", said Amrita Banik, a college student and first-time voter.

Brisk polling is underway for 59 seats of the 60-member Tripura assembly.

At least 76% of the 25.7 lakh voters in Tripura cast their votes on Sunday in what is a crucial Assembly election for the CPM, which has been in power in the north-eastern state for past 25 years without interruption. Polling is being held for 59 of the 60 assembly seats today.

In their attempt to remove the Manik Sarkar-led government from the state, the BJP has tied up with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The Congress campaign was somewhat subdued with the party president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Kailashahar of Unakoti district on the last day.

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In India's 65-year-long electoral history, the country's dominant left party, the CPI-M, has never been in direct confrontation with the BJP.

During 1988-1993, the Congress in alliance with the tribal-based political party-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity-governed the state. It acceded to the Indian Union on 15 October, 1949. It has fielded 57 candidates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed the people in Tripura, especially young voters, to exercise their franchise in record numbers in assembly elections. 30,000 civil officials will be engaged in the conducting of elections.

"It is certain that the 8th Left Front government will be formed in Tripura after these elections".

Altogether 307 candidates are in the fray with the CPI (M), the major partner of the ruling Left Front, contesting 56 seats and its constituents - RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI - one seat each. "Unity of Tripura had been fostered by several leaders and the soil is not that weak that anybody can disturb it. BJP has allied with forces wanting to divide the state".

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