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BJP to expand alliance in Tripura


Agartala, January 20, 2018: BJP would not restrict its pre poll alliance only with IPFT, rather it would accommodate at least two other regional parties to prevent CPI(M) from gaining from multi corner contest. State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb said on Saturday that their door is open for other tribal based parties. 

He said they are in touch with INPT and a breakaway faction of IPFT called IPFT-Tipraha to get them into a wider alliance. Deb however did not spell out anything on NCT.

INPT, NCT and IPFT-Tipraha on Friday expressed utter dismay and resentment against the BJP for showing reluctance to work for a broad based alliance to take on CPI(M). They hastily reached out to Congress and Trinamool Congress to prepare a third front sort of coalition to contest against BJP and CPI(M) led fronts.

BJP earlier worked out an alliance with the IPFT with an intention to secure tribal seats. 20 in 60 member assembly is reserved for tribals who count 33 percent in Tripura.

It has been learnt that expansion of alliance would gain speed after arrival of BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and state poll in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma tomorrow. The leaders are also expected to announce first list of candidates during their stay. 

‘Kokborok Day’ celebrated


Agartala, January 19, 2018: Colourful rally, symposiums and road shows mark celebration of Kokborok Day in Tripura on Friday. The day is annually held on January 19 to commemorate recognition of principle tribal dialect of the state in 1979.

Tripura is home to 19 indigenous clans, but majority of tribes speak in Kokborok. Nevertheless all tribals of the state use the dialect for communication among themselves. 

Women run polling stations in NE India


Agartala, January 18, 2018: The Election Commission of India would set up ‘All- women Managed Polling Stations’ in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya where assembly elections are due in February next.

The Commission said it has firm commitment towards gender equality and greater constructive participation of women in the electoral process, the Commission has also directed that, to the extent possible, ‘All- women Managed Polling Stations’ be set up in one polling station for each Assembly Constituency where the entire polling staff shall be women.

Besides the police and security personnel to be deployed in poll stations will also be women. 

Of 3 poll bound states Tripura has highest voters


Agartala, January 18, 2018: Election Commission of India said that pure and updated electoral rolls are the foundation of free, fair and credible election and intensive and sustained focus is laid on improving their quality, heath and fidelity.

The Commission, after visiting the poll bound State, had directed the State election machinery to ensure a smooth, effective, inclusive and time-bound completion of Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls with reference to January 1 2018 as the qualifying date, so as to ensure that all eligible but un-enrolled citizens in the State are duly registered in the Electoral Rolls. Special efforts were made to identify the critical gaps in the electoral rolls and targeted SVEEP activities were carried out to address them.

The existing electoral rolls of all the Assemblies Constituencies in the State of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have been revised. As per the final electoral roll, the number of electors in the states is shown the box.


Total  No.  of  Electors  as  per  Draft  Rolls


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Assembly poll in Tripura on February 18


Agartala, January 18, 2018: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has on Thursday announced poll schedule for three northeastern states including Tripura. Elections in Tripura will be held on February 18, while February 27 is date for Meghalaya and Nagaland polls.

 The counting of votes for all three states would be held on March 3, Chief Election Commissioner A K Jyoti informed at a press conference in New Delhi.

Tenure of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura Assemblies would end on March 6, 13 and 14 respectively. Seat strength is all three assemblies is 60. 

BJP, IPFT seal poll alliance


Agartala, January 17, 2018: BJP has finally come out in open over serious progress it made to forge an electoral alliance with the IPFT. Tripura poll in–charge and Assam stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday announced that the alliance is almost done, but last leg of discussions will be held at Guwahati tomorrow that would be followed by release of a joint statement. 

Sarma clarified that the coalition is being done keeping IPFT’s contentious separate state or Tipraland demand at bay. He however did not give straight answer on taking other tribal parties into fold.

Parties like IPFT – Tipraha led by former MLA Rajeshwar Debbarma, INPT of Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawl and NCT headed by Animesh Debbarma expressed resentment against BJP for ignoring them despite their political potentiality. 

Central minister slams LF Govt on drug abuse


Agartala, January 17, 2017: After 900kg Ganja (cannabis) from Tripura seized at Barnala, union minister Vijay Sampla expressed serious concern over easy availability of the drug contraband in the state. He even said after terrorism narcotic menace has become a threat which is adversely affecting society and youths.

The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment alleged ‘indulgence’ for growth of illegal production drug items in CPI(M) ruled Tripura where ‘law and order has drastically collapsed’. “Seven BJP supporters and workers killed in past one year while attacks are occurring everyday”, he stated.

Mr Sampla spoke to newsmen after attending a camp to distribute aids to elderly and incapable people at Kumarghat in northern Tripura. He lashed out at the state government for not supporting citizens with disabilities, and its failure to adopt measures to curb drugs despite release of adequate fund from central government exchequer.

When asked about frequent seizures of ganja consignments from Tripura elsewhere in the country, he accused Tripura government of reluctance to curb its production. He said ultimate victim of drug abuse is ‘our youths’, but the state government is not taking the matter seriously.

Meanwhile Punjab police reportedly established contact with its counterpart in Tripura over seizure of 900kg Ganja from a truck at Barnala on Monday. Five peddlers arrested in connection with the recovery have confessed of getting the consignment from Tripura.

Earlier packets containing cannabis were seized from parcel section of the Head Post Office in Agartala. Seizures of Ganja from Tripura also occurred in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Bangladesh.

Forces reaching Tripura for poll duty


Agartala, January 16, 2018: Additional contingents of security forces are getting deployed in Tripura as preparations are in full swing for assembly elections due next month. The election commission of India based on ground assessments sent requisition to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for around 40,000 paramilitary troops in the poll bound state. 

“The plan is to position 300 companies of central paramilitary forces. At least hundred of them already arrived or on their way”, a security official said adding that one company of a central paramilitary force consists of 135 personnel.

Unlike other past elections, dispatch of security contingents to Tripura have now become more convenient with Tripura now well connected with railway network of the country. Those coming are getting off in stations close to locations of deployment.

300 companies, some of them all women, would makeup of personnel from CRPF, BSF, ITBP and CISF. India Reserved (IR) battalions of some other states are also in requisition list. The forces already available in Tripura would also be deployed in election related purposes.

The official stated that deployment of security forces this time would see a climb of 100 companies in comparison to 2013 assembly election. “The augmentation is also result of consistent demands of political parties for peaceful conduct of entire election episode”, he stated.

Security matters including deployment procedure have been finalised though the Election Commission is yet to announce poll schedule for Tripura and two other states in northeast India – Meghalaya and Nagaland. Tenure of current assemblies in these states will expire in early March.

Nagaland to check arms licenses


Kohima, January 16, 2018: Special Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, S.R Saravanan has in a notification directed all arms holders in possession of valid arms licence issued by various Deputy Commissioners, Commissioner of Police either residing in Nagaland or in other States and Union Territories in India to produce their arms licences and all relevant documents to the nearest Police Station against the address mentioned in the licences issued.

Further Licensing Authorities have also been directed to ensure that all arms are deposited as per the Election Commission's guidelines.

The Government of Nagaland has initiated a verification drive for all Arms licences issued by the State Government in view of the forthcoming General Elections to the Legislative Assembly in the State of Nagaland and in pursuance of the directives of the Election Commission of India. The deadline for submission and compliance is January 20.

Non-compliance to this directive shall lead to cancellation of the licences as per relevant section of Law, stated the notification.

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Rubber license fee revised


Agartala, January 16, 2018: Government of India has revised the fees charged for special licenses issued to rubber manufacturers, dealers and processors.

The revised rate for issuing licenses per year or part of a year to rubber manufacturers (above four metric tons per year), dealers and processors is Rs.1000 (18 per cent GST extra) and the fee for manufacturers (up to 4 metric tons per year) is Rs. 500(18 Per cent GST extra).

The fee for manufacturer emergency license has also been revised to Rs 500 (18 Per cent GST extra). The revised rates are applicable from January 9 2018.