Tripura civic polls counting on, BJP takes early leads, high stakes for TMC
New Delhi/IBNS: Counting of votes for elections to several civic bodies including Agartala Municipal Corporation in Tripura are being held on Sunday.
The elections were held amid fierce political battle put up by the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the newly entrant Trinamool Congress.
The BJP is leading in Ambassa, Jirania, Teliamura and Sabroom, the Tripura State Election Commission said.
This is the first civic election that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018.
A total of 334 seats are available in the urban local bodies, including AMC with 51 wards, 13 municipal councils, and six nagar panchayats.
The BJP, under Chief Minister Biplab Deb, has fielded candidates in all the seats.
The saffron party already won 112 out of the 334 seats uncontested in AMC and 19 urban local bodies.
In the remaining 222 seats, some 785 candidates contested after 36 withdrew their nominations.
The election was fought mainly between the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M).