Agartala, July 11, 2019: Extending its impressive shows in Assembly and Lok Sabha, the saffron party in Tripura is all set to pocket thumping victory in ensuing three-tier Panchayat polls.
According to reports, total 6,111 seats of 591 Gram Panchayats, 419 seats of 35 Panchayat Samities and 116 seats of Zila Parishads will go to polls on July 27 next. And, the ruling BJP fielded candidates in all the Panchayat seats whereas, the opposition parties—CPIM and Congress could not even contest in about 50 percent of the total seats.
In some areas, opposition candidates already withdrew nominations. Preliminary reports suggest, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has won 5,384 Panchayat seats, 326 Panchayat Samiti seats and 26 Zila Parishad seats uncontested.
Among the opposition parties, the CPIM filed nominations in 594 Panchayat seats, 408 Panchayat Samiti seats and 93 Zila Parishad seats. CPI, the ally of the CPIM fielded candidates in six seats—four in Gram Panchayat and two in Panchayat Samiti.
Congress, which emerged as the second leading party in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections also continued their leads in Panchayat over CPIM in terms of filing nominations. According to sources, the Congress candidates had filed nominations in 882 seats including 727 in Gram Panchayat, 74 in Panchayat Samiti and 81 in Zilla Parishad. IPFT also fielded candidates in some of the seats but the number was negligible in terms of total seats.
Besides, there are many districts where Panchayat elections are remained merely a formality.