Tripura Election 2018 LIVE updates: The Assembly elections in the state of Tripura is being held today where for the first time we are set to witness a direct contest between the left front which has been in power for the last 25 years and an alliance led by the BJP which is emerging as the challenger to CPI(M). The election will decide the fate of four-time Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who is eyeing for a fifth term this year. Polling would be held in 59 of the total 60 seats. The BJP held a dynamic campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing atleast four rallies in the state. Sarkar led the CPI(M) campaigned around addressing atleast 50 rallies in the state. Other Left leaders like Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat lent support to the party’s campaign. The Congress this time is going alone in Tripura contesting for 59 seats altogether.
Track Tripura Election 2018 Highlights here:
9:15 PM: Voter turnout till now (around 9 pm) is 78.56 %. Voting is still underway at few polling stations. Voting slips were distributed till 4 pm & those voters are at the booths: Election Commission
7:08 PM: 76% voter turnout in 41 constituencies in Tripura Elections.
5:20 PM: No incidents of violence were reported from anywhere in the state. Two crude bombs were recovered which were disposed off: Election Commission
5:17 PM: 74% voter turnout till 4 pm, it likely to go up as there are people in queues to vote even now: Election Commission.
5:15 PM: In one constituency, the polling will be held on 12th March as it was rescheduled because of demands of one candidate: Election Commission
5:14 PM: Voting still continuing in many polling stations: Election Commission
5:13 PM: There were several complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs, many were found to be false. 12 ballot units were replaced: Election Commission
5:05 PM: VVPAT was used for the first time in all the polling booths in Tripura: Election Commission
4:54 PM: A total of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents are in the fray in Sunday’s election.
Counting will take place on March 3.
4:46 PM: The voter turnout at 9 am was 11 percent. By 11 am, the turnout was 23.3 per cent.
4:40 PM: Tripura election will decide the fate of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who is seeking a fifth straight term.
4:03 PM: 65% voter turnout till 3.00pm according to ANI.
1:30 PM: 45.86% voter turnout recorded till 1.00 PM
11:00 am: 23% voter turnout recorded till 10 AM
10:50 am: 15 EVMs have malfunctioned; no major incident reporter till now, reports CNN News 18.
10:45 am: While Manik Sarkar did not interact with the media after casting his vote, his wife expressed confidence that the CPM will be winning the Tripura Assembly election, reported NDTV.
10:37 am: Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted: ”Urging the people of Tripura to come out and vote in large numbers. Your vote is the key to your future. Make it count. #CholoPaltai #TripuraElections2018”
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) February 18, 2018
10:32 am: Amit Shah tweeted: ”I urge all my brothers and sisters of Tripura to come out and vote in large numbers. Your one vote will lay the foundation of a prosperous and developed Tripura.”
I urge all my brothers and sisters of Tripura to come out and vote in large numbers. Your one vote will lay the foundation of a prosperous and developed Tripura.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 18, 2018
10:31 am: State Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said security measures are in place across Tripura to ensure free and fair polls.
10:30 am: Visuals of voting for Tripura Election 2018 from Shishu Bihar School polling booth in Agartala.
10:26 am: Altogether 307 candidates are in the fray with the CPI(M), the major partner of the ruling Left Front, contesting 56 seats and its constituents — RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI — one seat each.
10:12 am: Voters were seen queuing up at polling stations across the state since morning. In hilly and tribal areas, women huddled in large numbers outside poll booths in their colourful traditional attires. Small-time shop keepers were seen doing brisk business selling tea and snacks to the voters.
10:01 am: 11% voters turnout recorded till 9 am.
9:40 am: Tripura CM Manik Sarkar casts his vote at a polling booth in Agartala, he is an MLA from Dhanpur constituency Tripura Election 2018.
9:26 am: “We want a government that can push for development in the state, and understand our problems and requirements,” a voter told ANI.
9:23 am: Aerial shots from outside polling booth number 6/20 in Agartala’s Bhati Abhay Nagar. BJP’s Sudip Roy Barman is the sitting MLA from Agartala.
8:52 am: BJP Tripura President Biplab Kumar Deb cast his vote at booth number 31/34 in Udaipur, says, ‘these election results will be historic, we will definitely win. PM & Amit Shah ji called me & gave good wishes.’ Tripura Election 2018
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8:00 am: In all, 2,536,589 people, including 1,250,128 women and 47,803 first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents.
7: 48 am: Voting will be held between 7 am and 4 pm tomorrow at 3,214 polling stations of which 47 would be managed by women, election office sources said.
7:36 am: Inside visuals from polling booth number 6/20 in Agartala’s Bhati Abhay Nagar.
7:30 am: PM Modi tweets, ” I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Tripura, particularly young voters, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote in the Assembly Elections.
I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Tripura, particularly young voters, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote in the Assembly Elections.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 18, 2018
7:25 am: The BJP, which has forged an alliance with tribal outfit Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) has fielded 51 candidates. IPFT is contesting in the remaining nine seats.
7:15 am: The CPI(M) is contesting in 57 seats and while the other Left Front constituents, the RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI, in one seat each
7:10 am: Tripura Election 2018: Polling begins for 59 out of the total 60 seats. People at polling booth number 6/20 in Agartala’s Bhati Abhay Nagar.
7:00 am: People outside a polling booth in Tripura’s Udaipur. Polling to begin at 7am for 59 out of the total 60 seats. Voting in Charilam Assembly constituency would be held on March 12 due to the death of the CPI(M) candidate for the seat, Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma, five days ago.