Tripura goes to polls tomorrow

The campaign for the February 14 election to the 60-member Assembly in Tripura ended on Tuesday on a peaceful note.

 An electorate of 23,52,505 including 11,64,656 women would exercise their franchise in the election contested by 249 candidates belonging to 16 political parties and independents.

The candidates include 14 women, who are four less than those who had contested in the 2008 elections.Of the sixty seats, the CPM, dominant partner in the Left Front, is contesting 56 seats, RSP two and CPI and Forward Block one each.

Altogether 250 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces are deployed in the state to maintain law and order.Of the 3,041 booths, 409 were identified as very sensitive (A+), 535 booths as very sensitive (A) and 726 booths as sensitive.

The Border Security Force has completely sealed the 856 km-long border with Bangladesh and deployed additional forces to prevent infiltration.

The Congress-INPT-NCT alliance has made bad governance of the Manik Sarkar-led government a poll issue, alleging that despite availability of central funds employees, unemployeds and farmers in general remained deprived during the long 20-year LF regime.

Corruption and nepotism by party leaders and partisan behaviour of the government are also important issues for the alliance.

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