The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has won unopposed 96 per cent of the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats and all the 18 Zilla Parishad seats in Tripura. According to Election Commission sources, BJP has won 3,075 Gram Panchayats, 154 Panchayat Samities and all the 18 Zilla Parishads seats unopposed.
Election for 3,207 Gram Panchayat seats, 161 Panchayat Samiti seats and 18 Zilla Parishads seats will be held on September 30. By virtually sweeping the rural seats, BJP has strengthened its stranglehold in the North Eastern state which has long been a fiefdom of the Left.
The by-elections were necessary after large scale resignation of many Left leaders post BJP’s win in Assembly polls earlier this year. The nomination was filed on Monday and Tuesday and Friday was the last day of withdrawing nomination.
The opposition has alleged BJP of intimidating its cadres which lead to so many unopposed wins for the saffron party, according to them. However, BJP has rejected all such allegation. They said that the situation in the state is not conducive for free and fair elections and the state election commission has done very little to allay their fears.
Even BJP ally IPFT levelled allegations against them and there were reports of clashes between cadres of both parties. At least 19 persons including BJP, IPFT supporters and policemen were injured in a series of clashes that broke out in different districts of Tripura last week. However, the BJP and IPFT have decided yesterday to bury the hatchet over the issue of filing nominations for by-elections to the three-tier panchayat polls.