Tripura civic polls begins

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Agartala: Voting for elections to 222 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and other municipal bodies in Tripura began at 7am on Thursday, and will go on till 4pm.

A total of 785 candidates are in the fray, including those from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and opposition parties such as the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), CPM etc.

These are the first municipal elections taking place in Tripura since the BJP formed its first government here, in 2018. Around 6 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their right to vote. The state will elect its next government in early 2023.

The stringent security measures were necessitated due to violence that preceded the polls, particularly due to clashes between workers from the BJP and TMC.

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