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‘Terror damaged Democracy’ in Tripura : Amid day-night attacks, opposition parties striving for campaigning, by-election on Dec 27, BJP aims to win ‘No Contest’ Election
TIWN Dec 23, 2018

AGARTALA, Dec 23 (TIWN): Amid total destruction of ‘democracy” which is fueling tension day-night, resentment in Tripura with the Municipal Election is knocking the door, opposition CPI-M, Congress both parties have participated in Election campaigning with full enthusiasm. Even though 91 seats out of 158 seats were occupied by BJP without contest. After Panchayat Election was won by BJP almost without contest, now the Municipal By-Election has been in target and ruling BJP pushing back opposition party candidates from campaigning for the upcoming Election. On yesterday various CPI-M activists, leaders in the West District were hospitalized. Amid such threats, Congress and CPI-M both have campaigned with full wave on yesterday as well as today.

CPI-M candidate of Agartala Ward No-4 along with other CPI-M leaders, activists faced attacks by ruling BJP on Saturday. The attacked party leaders are 1) Subhashish Ganguli, 2) Bitan Das and many more. Tripura by-election is going to be conducted on December 27, which was postponed by State Election Commission allegedly under BJP led State Govt’s pressure, without informing the oppositions. Thousands of attacks took place on the opposition led over 70% seats BJP has already won without any contest. Voicing against such ongoing attacks, CPI-M on yesterday had launched this massive protest at Agartala demanding permission for rallies, campaigning and safety of the candidates during door to door campaigning.

CPI-M on Friday holding a press meet, expressed concerned about Govt, Police and Election Commission’s undemocratic move against the opposition parties. CPI-M leader Pabitra Kar had compared Election Commission with a puppet.

A massive protest rally led by thousands of CPI-M supporters hit the capital city on Saturday afternoon. CPI-M’s demand was to allow the opposition to practice their democratic rights which are now under suppression of the ruling party.

In last 9 months hundreds of CPI-M, Congress party offices were bulldozed, attacked, burnt and physical attacks turned almost everyday crime. During each by-election, candidates houses were attacked on midnight, houses burnt, fabricated cases were lodged, but state police’s role remained so far unsatisfactory and working in favour of ruling party’s crimes. Many times nexus between police and party activists of BJP were alleged and suspected.

However, amid such disruptions, Tripura to undergo Municipal Poll on December 27.

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