Tripura: BJP set to bag a sizeable number of local bodies

News Desk: The BJP is set to bag a sizeable number of local bodies in Tripura as opposition parties in that state have not fielded any candidate in seven civic bodies, which are scheduled to go to polls on November 25.

The opposition has not fielded any candidate in Kamalpur Nagar Panchayat under Tripura’s Dhalai district, Jirania Nagar Panchayat under West Tripura district, Ranirbazar Nagar Panchayat under West Tripura, Mohanpur Municipal Council under West Tripura, Bishalgarh Municipal Council under Sepahijala district, Udaipur Municipal Council located at the district headquarters of Gomati district and Santirbazar Municipal Council under South Tripura district.

Apart from these seven bodies, 13 more civic bodies are going to elections later this month. Data available with the state election commission show that the BJP has fielded 336 candidates in all the 20 urban local bodies.

The number of candidates exceeded the total tally of seats – 334. Meanwhile, the party sources said that two candidates would withdraw their candidatures soon.

They have been fielded as dummy candidates.

The main opposition party CPM has fielded candidates on 214 seats while other constituents of the Left Front, such as CPI got six seats and RSP two. The All India Trinamool Congress is contesting in 125 seats while the Congress contestants filed papers in 101 constituencies.