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CPIM Boycotts. BJP’s Victory Likely Confirm: Counting Of By-Polls Vote Tomorrow

Counting of the vote of by-polls in Boxanagar and Dhanpur to be held tomorrow i.e on Friday.

The counting will start from 8 am in three layer security. Meanwhile the Left Front has already announced to boycott the counting of Dhanpur and Boxanagar Assembly by-elections in Tripura, alleging rigging by the ruling BJP and inaction by the Election Commission. 

As a result of this decision by the Left Front leadership in the state, the contesting CPIM candidates or their agents will not be seen in the counting of the two assembly seats on Friday. 

Naturally the victory of the ruling party BJP is practically assured, some political analysts think.

About 86 percent votes were cast in the two assembly constituencies of Sipahijla district on Tuesday i.e September 5.

The opposition Left and Congress alleged that the ruling BJP used terror and rigged the elections. Many booths were captured and votes casted. 

Convenor of Tripura Left Front Narayan Kar said, “We have drawn the Election Commission’s attention regarding rigging and terror since the beginning of polling. But the sad thing is that no steps have been taken to prevent large-scale rigging”

He said that the Left Front has decided to boycott the counting as the Election Commission has rejected the petition for canceling the by-elections and re-polling.

However BJP leaders denied the allegations and claimed that polling was held in both the seats without any trouble.

The other two main opposition parties in the state, Congress and Tipra Motha Party (TMP), had announced not to field candidates on both the seats to prevent division of votes.

Notably MP and Union Minister Pratima Bhowmik won from Dhanpur in Tripura assembly polls at the beginning of this year. 

After winning, She resigned from the post of MLA for the post of MP on the instructions of the party. 

On the other hand, Boxanagar seat was won by CPIM in that poll. MLA Samsul Haque died a few months ago. 

As a result, by-elections have been held in these assembly constituencies. CPI(M) has fielded Mizan Hossain in Boxnagar and Kaushik Chanda in Dhanpur, while the ruling BJP has fielded Tafazzal Hossain in Boxnagar and Bindu Debnath in Dhanpur.

Assembly polls were held in Tripura in February this year. Out of total 60 seats, BJP-IPFT alliance won 33 seats. Left-Congress together get 14 seats. In a separate contest, Tipra Matha won 13 seats.

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