The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday claimed that its candidates for the panchayat polls in Tripura were stopped from filing nomination papers by “armed gangs” of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
No election was required for as many as 82% of the panchayat seats as the BJP candidates won unopposed, The Times of India reported. The elections for rest of the seats are scheduled to be held on July 27.
“The Polit Bureau condemns the BJP’s authoritarian and anti-democratic tactics in Tripura which have made a travesty of the democratic exercise of panchayat elections,” the CPI(M) said. “It calls upon all democratic forces in the country to raise their voice of protest at this murder of democracy in Tripura.”