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Polling for the Indian Tripura East (ST) Lok Sabha seat began today amid tight security.
Additional 35 companies of security forces have been dispatched by the country’s Election Commission (EC) for deployment, along with the state police, reports Times of India.
The Boarder Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional forces along the 856- km-long Indo-Bangla international border.
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There are 12 candidates in the fray including CPI (M)'s Jitendra Chowdhury, who is the state industries minister, Congress' Sachitra Debbarma, a prominent educationist, BJP's Parkshit Debbarma, an ex-armyman, and Trinamool Congress leader Bhriguram Reang.
The CPM has won the seat 11 out of 15 times between 1952 and 2009 and did it consecutively since 1996.
An electorate of 11, 38, 765, including 580, 497 men, are eligible exercise their franchise in 1,490 polling centres, of which 18 have been identified as very vulnerable and more than 400 as vulnerable.
The EC has set up nine all-women polling stations.
Polling has begun in Assam for three Lok Sabha constituencies, under elaborate security arrangement in the second phase of the elections in the state.
The three seats are — Autonomous District (ST), comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts, Karimganj (SC) and Silchar.
Elaborate security arrangement has been especially in the Karbi Anglong district under Autonomous District (ST) which till yesterday witnessed a bandh called by the Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers.
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The bandh, which began on April 8, demanding a separate autonomous tribal state under Article 244(A) of the Constitution, was withdrawn yesterday.
As many as 17 companies of security forces have been deployed in the district. Helicopters have been pressed into service to keep a watch on the voting process.
An electorate of 29, 26, 762, including 15, 26, 082 males, 14, 00, 594 and 86 others, will exercise their franchise in 3,698 polling booths in the three constituencies.
Of the 37 candidates in the fray in the three seats, three each belong to the Congress and BJP, two each to AGP, AIUDF, AAP, SUCI (Communist) and Samajwadi Party, one each to CPM, CPI-ML(L), Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. The remaining 19 are independents.
In Karimganj (SC), out of 1504 polling stations, 197 have been identified as highly sensitive and 567 as sensitive while the rest are comparatively safe.
In Silchar constituency, out of the 1188 polling stations, 209 are highly sensitive and 611 are comparatively safe while the rest are comparatively safe.
Polling for two Lok Sabha constituencies in Goa has also begun as the state witnesses a triangular fight between the BJP, Congress and newbie Aam Aadmi Party.
Polling began on a sedate note at 7 am at all the 1,624 stations with a thin turnout in the first half an hour.
In all, 10, 60, 777 voters will exercise their franchisee in north and south Goa constituencies.
Women voters outnumber men in the state with 5, 32, 469 female and 5, 28, 308 male voters.
The Election Commission has identified 14 vulnerable and 30 critical polling stations in the state which have been given adequate security cover to avoid any untoward incident.
Polling will conclude at 6 pm. In North Goa, BJP's Shripad Naik is pitted against Congress' Ravi Naik, AAP's Dattaram Desai and CPI's Suhas Naik.
Congress' Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco is fighting against BJP's Narendra Sawaikar, AAP's Swati Kerkar and CPI's Raju Mangueshkar in South Goa constituency.
Voting for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Sikkim is under way, in which an electorate of 370,731, including 1, 79, 650 female voters, are eligible to participate.
A force of 3,500 policemen and 15 companies of the West Bengal police have been assigned to maintain security during polling in this peaceful Himalayan state.
Election will be held in the lone Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. In all 538 polling stations have been set up.
Tek Nath Dhakal of the newly-launched Sikkim Krantikari Morcha is pitted against sitting SDF MP Prem Das Rai in what is billed as a very tough fight.
Apart from the two home-grown parties, the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have also put up candidates.
There were 121 contestants for the 32 Assembly seats and six for the Lok Sabha seat.
SKM leader Prem Singh Tamang, known as P S Golay, is a major contender for the chief minister. Chamling would be contesting from two places — Namchi-Singhithang and Rangang-Yangang.
Other prominent candidates included SKM's Bharati Sharma from Soreng-Chakung seat.
Out of the 32 Assembly seats, two are reserved for SC while 12 are meant for the Bhutia and Lepcha communities.
The Congress is contesting all the seats, while the BJP has put up candidates in 13 seats and Trinamool 7.
Besides, there were five independents contesting the assembly polls.