BJP sweeps 3-tier Tripura panchayat elections

Agartala, July 31 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura on Wednesday swept the three-tier panchayat polls bagging almost all seats in gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zilla parishads.

The panchayat polls were conducted on Saturday in 994 of the 6,646 seats as the BJP had won over 85 per cent seats unopposed.

"Of the 994 seats, most have been won by the BJP candidates. In five gram panchayats seats in northern Tripura, the Congress and the CPI-M candidates won. The counting of votes is on in several districts. Final results are expected by late Wednesday," aState Election Commission (SEC) official said.

No Congress and CPI-M candidates had succeeded in panchayat samity and zilla parishad seats, the official added.

--IANS

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