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Governing BJP in Panchayat by-elections in Tripura

Governing BJP in Panchayat by-elections in Tripura

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State Election Commissioner GK Rao on Wednesday said that ruling BJP entered into Panchayat by-election in Tripura by winning 113 out of 130 gram panchayat seats. He said that BJP also won five out of seven Panchayat Samiti seats.

The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of BJP won nine gram panchayat seats, the SEC said.

Rao said that opposition Congress and CPI-M won four gram panchayat seats respectively.

The by-election for the 132 gram panchayat seats and seven Panchayat Samiti seats was held on September 30. The state election commission declared for re-polling in two gram panchayat seats in Khowai block of Khowai district on October 5 and results would be announced on October 7, Rao told.

State Election Commissioner had announced the by-elections for 3,207 Gram Panchayat seats, 161 Panchayat Samiti seats and 18 seats of Zilla Parishad on 1 September 2018.

The by-election was necessitated as a large number of Panchayat Samiti members resigned after the BJP-IPFT government assumed office on March 3.

Officials said that the BJP had won more than 96 percent of the seats, where the by-election was announced without the election as the opposition parties did not file any nomination papers in those seats.

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