Tripura: Local bodies’ elections

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BJP wins 329/ 334 seats in 13 urban local bodies

Biswendu Bhattacharjee, Nov 29, 2021: The Times of India

Landslide for BJP in Tripura, oppn says polls rigged

A BJP landslide buried the opposition in the Tripura civic elections on Sunday, with 329 out of the 334 seats at stake in 13 urban local bodies going to the saffron party in a poll that both TMC and CPM termed “murder of democracy”, reports Biswendu Bhattacharjee.

Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, which got just one seat in Ambassa municipality, said it had petitioned the Supreme Court with “evidence” of how the November 25 elections were rigged. CPM got three seats while the fledgling Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance snatched a rare win from BJP in Ambassa. While BJP grabbed the lion’s share of votes overall with 59%, TMC emerged as the strong opposition with 24% of votes wherever it contested.

Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council: TIPRA Motha wins

April 10, 2021: The Times of India

Setback for BJP in Tripura, new outfit captures key tribal body

AGARTALA: In a major setback for the ruling BJP, a newly-formed tribal-based party 'TIPRA Motha' is heading towards capturing power in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

Elections to 28 of the 30 seats were held on April 6 and the remaining two seats will be nominated by the governor as per the state government's advice.

The tribal council election was scheduled to be held on May 17 last year, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The outcome of the elections to the TTAADC is being seen as a major blow for Bharatiya Janata Party-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance.

According to the trends and results of the 28-member TTAADC, the 'TIPRA Motha' either won or was leading in 19 seats, the BJP in six and its junior ally IPFT in two seats and a local party in the remaining one seat.

The counting of votes is underway in 16 sub-divisional headquarters across Tripura on Saturday.

Amalgamating various local tribal-based parties and leaders and members of other parties, the 'TIPRA Motha' headed by Tripura's royal scion Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman was formed just a few months ago and fielded candidates in all the 28 seats while the BJP-IPFT alliance also put up candidates in all seats.

Tripura's oldest tribal-based party Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), a former ally of the Congress, is also a partner of the 'TIPRA Motha'.

The Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front, the Congress and other parties have also fielded candidates in the 28 seats of the TTAADC, which has a jurisdiction of over two-thirds of Tripura's 10,491 sq km area and home to over 12,16,000 people, of which 90 per cent are tribals.

Over 85 per cent of the 8,65,041 voters on Tuesday had cast their votes in the election to the TTAADC, which was constituted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in June 1985 for the socio-economic development of the tribals, which constitute one third of Tripura's four million populations.

The five-year tenure of the TTAADC, considered as mini-state assembly in terms of political significance, expired on May 17 last year and the BJP-led state government promulgated the governor's rule by appointing a retired IAS officer as Administrator next day for a period of six months and then extending the term for another six months on November 17.

After months of political tussle, the BJP and IPFT weeks before the TTAADC polls on April 6 had decided to jointly fight the elections.

The opposition CPI-M, which was governing the TTAADC until May 17 last year, has also suffered a setback in the elections as it has a strong base among the tribals since erstwhile princely state had merged with the Indian union in October 1949.

The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for the creation of a separate state by upgrading the TTAADC while 'TIPRA Motha' had recently raised the demand for a "greater Tipra land' (greater areas for the indigenous tribals).

The IPFT's and 'TIPRA Motha' demands, were however, strongly opposed by all the political major parties including the BJP, the CPI-M and the Congress.

Of Tripura's four million population, one third are tribals and they played a crucial role in political affairs of the northeastern state.

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