BJP Sweeps Civic Body Polls in Tripura, Wins 329 of 334 Seats

The TMC has alleged that the elections were "heavily rigged", further demanding that they be declared invalid.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, 28 November witnessed a landslide victory the the civic body elections in Tripura. According to ANI, the State Election Commission has announced:

"The ruling BJP swept the civic body elections in Tripura, having won all the seats of the 51-member Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC). The opposition TMC and CPI(M) failed to open their account in the AMC."

There are a total of 334 seats available in the urban local bodies in Tripura, with 51 wards, 13 municipal councils, and six nagar panchayats.

The BJP won a 329 of the 334 seats uncontested in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 19 urban local bodies.

Out of the 329, the party was unopposed in 112 seats.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) won in three and one seats, respectively. While the The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) bagged on seat.

After the counting of votes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the electorate and was quoted by ANI as saying: "The people of Tripura have given a clear message - that they prefer politics of good governance. I would like to thank them for the unequivocal support to Tripura BJP".

The TMC BJP Feud 

Held amid a bitter political feud with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the civic bodies went to polls in the backdrop of communal violence which took place in the state in October.

TMC has alleged that the elections were "heavily rigged" and demanded that they be declared invalid. The CPM has also demanded the same in five wards of AMC.

Elections for the 13 Urban Local Bodies were held on 25 November.

The CPM got one seat each in Ambassa Nagar Panchayat in Dhalai District, Panisagar Nagar Panchayat in North district, and Kailashahar Municipal Coucil in Unakoti district. TMC and a regional party, Tipra Motha have one one seat each on Ambassa.

(With inputs from NDTV)

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