Tripura govt slams TMC as SC rejects plea to defer civic polls

Agartala: The state government today slammed the Trinamool Congress for trying to portray the wrong image of Tripura before the Supreme Court after the petition to delay the Urban Local Bodies election was rejected by the apex court.

The Trinamool Congress had earlier moved the apex court to postpone the polls for a week in the wake of a spate of violence in Tripura. The Supreme Court has given this instruction in the hearing of that application Tripura will be held on November 25, said Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath here today.

Speaking with reporters, Nath said that the poll campaign has come to an end today and the results of the vote will be announced on November 28.

“In its ruling, the apex court said that if there was no alternative, then a final step, such as stopping the vote, was needed. The apex court also suggested deploying additional central forces if necessary,” Nath added.

The next hearing of the case will be on November 25 referring to the pre-poll order on Tuesday, the apex court said.

He also said that a security meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning, led by the IG and DG of Tripura Police, as directed by the Supreme Court.

A report was asked to be submitted to the Supreme Court on the steps being taken for the security of the polls.

The advocate general Siddharth Shankar Dey who was also present at the press conference told reporters that the concerns raised by the Trinamool Congress over the postponement of the vote can only be resolved if the state government is instructed to make arrangements for peaceful voting.

"The apex court has again directed the Tripura government to ensure security in the by-polls, despite the rejection of the petition for postponing the polls.