Polling brisk, peaceful in Tripura

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Tripura witnessed brisk and incident-free polling on Thursday for the 60-member House.

Police said five crude bombs hidden in a bush were recovered from Bodhjungnagar area of Khayerpur constituency by a CRPF patrol party.

Barring this, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state so far in the polls which began at 7 a.m. amid tight security.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar cast his vote in the morning at a booth in Umakanta School in Ramnagar constituency.

Tripura PCC president Sudip Roy Burman and president of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) Bijoy Hrankhawl exercised their franchise at Agartala and Kulai in Dhalai district respectively.

The Left Front hopes to return for the record fifth straight time.

The main contest is between the Left Front and the Congress. CPI-M, the dominant partner in the LF, is contesting 55 seats, RSP two and CPI two and Forward Bloc one.

Congress is contesting 48 seats and its alliance partners INPT in 11 and National Conference of Tripura in one.

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

Altogether 250 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain law and order.

The BSF has sealed the 856 km-long border with Bangladesh and deployed additional forces to prevent infiltration.PTI



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