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Tripura State Election Kicks Off: Will BJP Retain the State?

© Photo : Social mediaNarendra Modi meets with leaders from tribal communities of Tripura on Feb.13, 2023.
Narendra Modi meets with leaders from tribal communities of Tripura on Feb.13, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 16.02.2023
About 2.8 million voters are set to decide the fate of 259 candidates competing for 60 assembly seats. The voting is taking place in a single phase and results will be out on 2 March.
Voting for the legislative assembly in India's north-eastern state of Tripura started on Thursday morning in what is being seen as a contest in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its alliance partner, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) goes head to head with the Left-Congress alliance and TIPRA Motha.
By 9am (03:30am GMT) in the state, 13.92 percent of the votes had been cast, national broadcaster All India Radio reported.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that the state has about 2.81 million voters. The 3,337 polling booths opened at 7am and will close at 4pm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge people to vote in record numbers and strengthen this festival of democracy.
Each assembly seat in the state has, on average, between 40,000 and 45,000 voters, narrowing the winning margin to between 500 and 1000 votes.
The ruling BJP, which won the 2018 assembly election, has 36 seats and its regional ally, the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) won eight seats.
The BJP is fighting in 55 more seats, and the IPFT is contesting the remaining five seats.
Meanwhile, the main opposition, CPI-M, has fielded candidates in 47 seats and Congress is in the running in 13 constituencies.