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Lok Sabha election 2019 phase 2: 5.83% voters turnout recorded in Tripura East seat till 10 am

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    AGARTALA | April 23, 2019:

    The balloting for Tripura East parliamentary constituency began amidst heavy security on Tuesday.

    Security measures have been tightened to avoid any form of law and order problem that was countered with during the phase 1 polls in West Tripura Parliamentary Seat.

    The polling began at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m.

    As the campaign for the East Tripura Parliamentary seat ended, section 144 has been imposed which culminates the moving of more than five people in a group with weapons. The international border with Bangladesh has also been sealed and the inter-state border with Assam and Mizoram has also been sealed to avoid any illegal intrusion.

    18 company CRPF, 881 TSR, 555 Police force will also be deployed across the entire East Tripura Parliamentary seat jurisdiction.

    Though there are 10 contestants in the Tripura East seat, but the three main contenders are Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) sitting MP Jitendra Choudhury, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rebati Tripura and Maharaj Kumari Pragya Deb Barman from the Congress.

    Election in East Tripura Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency will be carried out in 7 assembly constituencies. Polling will be held in 359 polling stations in 285 areas. Among them 5 are being identified as very sensitive zones and 138 are sensitive zones. 30 polling stations will be completely monitored by women.

    There are total 2, 90,438 voters and among them 1,47,642 are male voters and 1,42,791 are female voters. Two general observers will also be present to monitor the expenditure.

    Here are the updates:

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    5.83% voters turnout recorded in Tripura till 10 am

    Stage set of Phase 3 Lok Sabha polls in Tripura

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      TNT News | April 22, 2019

      Keeping eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha election scheduled to be held on April 23 in the East Tripura Parliamentary seat, security is beefed up ahead of polls. Security measures have been tightened to avoid any form of law and order problem that was countered with during the phase 1 polls in West Tripura Parliamentary Seat.

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      As the campaign for the East Tripura Parliamentary seat ended, section 144 has been imposed which culminates the moving of more than five people in a group with weapons. The international border with Bangladesh has also been sealed and the inter-state border with Assam and Mizoram has also been sealed to avoid any illegal intrusion.

      18 company CRPF, 881 TSR, 555 Police force will also be deployed across the entire East Tripura Parliamentary seat jurisdiction. The vote cast will begin from Tuesday morning 7 am.

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      There are all together 10 candidates that filed nomination papers in this constituency. Apart from five independents, there is also one candidate each from BJP, Congress, IPFT, CPI (M) and Amra Bangalee party.

      Election in East Tripura Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency will be carried out in 7 assembly constituencies. Polling will be held in 359 polling stations in 285 areas. Among them 5 are being identified as very sensitive zones and 138 are sensitive zones. 30 polling stations will be completely monitored by women.

      There are total 2, 90,438 voters and among them 1,47,642 are male voters and 1,42,791 are female voters. Two general observers will also be present to monitor the expenditure.

      Tripura’s extremist outfit NLFT sends strong warning to attackers of MP candidate Pragya Debbarma- Reports

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        April 22, 2019

        An extremist outfirt based in Tripura, National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), which has been lying low for some years, on Sunday sent out a warning to the attackers of Congress candidate in East Tripura constituency, Pragya Debbarma through a local news channel Kok Tripura.

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        As per a news report published in The Hindu, NLFT leader Utpal Debbarma reportedly called a local television news channel ‘Kok Tripura’ to express ire over the attack on the member of a royal family and said they would track down the attackers.

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        Kok Tripura is a Kokborok (tribal dialect) news channel and the militant leader spoke in Kokborok. His message was aired by the channel.

        “When I requested him to send a video message, he declined. He insisted on recording the message over phone,” Kamal Koloi, Chief Editor of Kok Tripura, told The Hindu.

        Utpal Debbarma said indigenous people regard the royal family as a symbol of their identity and the family has been their source of inspiration. Hence the NLFT “would not spare those who committed the attack on Pragya Debbarman’, he warned.

        Ms. Pragya Debbarman is elder sister of State Congress chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, royal scion of Tripura’s Manikya dynasty that ruled the State for 500 years till it merged with the Indian Union on October 15, 1949. The PCC president earlier blamed the IPFT for the attack on vehicle of Ms. Pragya Debbarman while she was engaged in campaigning in Khowai.

        State BJP has reported the NLFT threat issue to the Election Commission. Party spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee alleged that ‘extremists always revolve around the Congress and grow with its support’.

        Source; The Hindu

        Tripura | BJP claims NLFT campaigning in favour of Congress in state

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          AGARTALA | April 22, 2019:

          The BJP on Sunday claimed that that the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) was campaigning in favour of the Congress in the East Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, where polling was rescheduled from April 18 to April 23.

          The saffron party has also filed a complaint with the Election Commission in this regard.

          “NLFT’s self-styled secretary Utpal Debbarma alias Uthai has asked people to vote for the Congress. We have got records of his appeal,” BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya told a press conference here.

          Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said his office has received a complaint from the BJP on the issue, and necessary action would be taken after scrutinising the documents.

          Bhattacharya also alleged that state Congress president Pradyot Kishore Debburman was spotted with Ranjit Debbarma, a former underground leader and supremo of the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) during poll campaigns.

          Pragya Deb Burman, sister of the TPCC president, is contesting from the constituency for the first time.

          The EC had postponed voting in the constituency to the third phase on April 23, saying the prevailing law-and-order situation there was not conducive for holding free and fair polls.

          Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Arindam Nath said that a general diary (GD) was registered at Champahower police station in Khowai district about threats issued from a self- styled insurgent leader, which was telecast on a local channel.

          When contacted, Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said, “The allegations are completely baseless, fictitious and aimed at maligning the Congress, because the BJP is certain that it would be defeated. These are all signs of frustration.

           

          (PTI)

          Tripura: 9,300 troopers deployed for polling on April 23

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            IANS | Agartala, April 21, 2019

            The Election Commission (EC) has made unprecedented security arrangements, including deployment of over 9,300 troopers, for the deferred voting to the Tripura East Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday, officials said here on Sunday.

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            “Over 5,300 central para-military forces and 4,000 Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers are being deployed to conduct free, fair and smooth voting in the Tripura East seat,” a senior police official told IANS.

            The central forces included the Border Security Force (BSF), the Assam Rifles, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The TSR is a counter-insurgency force.

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            “The central forces would be deployed at most of the 1,645 polling booths in 1,349 locations, spread across six districts, for the April 23 vote,” Vikas Singh, Returning Officer to the parliamentary constituency, told IANS.

            Singh, also the District Magistrate and Collector of the Dhalai district, said as part of confidence-building measures, the central forces have conducted intensive patrolling in all vulnerable, sensitive and remote places.

            In an unprecedented move, the EC has appointed three central police observers and a special central police observer to oversee deployment of security forces during the vote in the constituency.

            Citing “non-conducive security situation”, following reports by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti, Special Central Police Observer Mrinal Kanti Das (former Manipur DGP), the Returning Officer and other intelligence inputs, the poll panel early last week had deferred voting to the seat from April 18 to April 23,

            The CEO said all polling agents, candidates and, if necessary, 1,257,944 voters that include 620,291 women, would be provided security to facilitate free and fair polling.

            Taranikanti said restrictions on movement of private vehicles and political activists in and around the polling stations would be followed strictly.

            Another EC official said: “Senior EC officials are frequently having video conference with the CEO, Director General of Police (DGP) Akhil Kumar Shukla and the Returning Officer to review preparations for the polling.”

            A senior police official said the DGP and other top police officials would camp in the Tripura East constituency to supervise security measures.

            The EC, after deferring voting, had replaced Additional DGP (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh with V.S. Yadav. As Yadav is on leave, IGP (Crime Branch) Puneet Rastogi is looking after law and order.

            Tripura has two Lok Sabha constituencies. Polling in the Tripura West seat was held on April 11.

            There are 10 contestants, including two women, in the Tripura East seat. But three main contenders are Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) sitting MP Jitendra Choudhury, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rebati Tripura and Maharaj Kumari Pragya Deb Barman (Congress), elder sister of state Congress chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman.

            Since 1952, the Left parties have won the East Tripura seat 12 times and the Congress four times.

            Tripura, which has traditionally witnessed a direct or triangular contest, will for the first time see a multi-cornered battle in the Tripura East constituency as the BJP has emerged as a potent political force after the 2018 Assembly polls.

            Tripura: 6 poll personnel arrested for misconduct, later released on bail

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            TNT News | Agartala | April 21, 2019

            The Election Commission has started taking actions against polling personnel who violated the guidelines during the West Tripura Lok Sabha polls on 11 April last.

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            Six poll personnel have been arrested based on the evidences on record from Webcasting and CCTV footage. The six personnel arrested today by Shanti Bazar police have been identified as Gourab saha ( Micro Observer), Sambhu Nath Chowdhury (polling officer), Ratnajit Dey (Presiding Officer), Anukul Dutta (Cameraman), Shankar Majumder (polling officer) and Sukumar Shil (polling officer).

            However, they were later released on bail.

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            Five persons were on election duty at 35/50 polling station( Sunar Tilla High School) under 35 – Belonia assembly constituency.

            According to official sources, some persons directly vitiating the poll in eight polling stations were predominant but the Presiding officer/ micro observers did not report the incident in the poll day report/ diary which was to be reported as per the ECI guidelines.

            These eight polling stations are- 3-Debipur gram panchayat office (Kamalasagar), 28- Baranarayan HS School(Sonamura), Brajapur Hight School Dakshin Paschimangsha (Charilam), 52- Himmatpur SB School(Sonamura), 35- Chechuria SB School (Mohanpur), 18- Kushamara SB School (Kakraban-Salgarah), 50- Sonar Tilla High School (Belonia) and 26- Asgarh Rahamanpur High School (Rajnagar).

            The Chief Electoral Office Sriram Taranikanti said that actions were taken in the ARO level.

            The AROs of Sonamura, Mohanpur, Udaipur, Bishalgarh and Belonia sub-divisions have been directed to take proper actions against the defaulter Micro Observers and Presiding Officers for the misconduct during the first phase poll for West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency on April 11 last.

            Two polling agents of BJP – Babul Bhowmik and Sujit Shil of Kushamara SB School (Kakraban – Salgarah) were arrested today for their misconduct during the first phase poll. FIR was also lodged against Dilip Ghosh and Nilmani Chakma from the same polling station but they have been absconding till the filing of this report.

            Representational image source: The Hindu

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