The Election Commission of India declared the schedule for the assembly election in Tripura on Wednesday.
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India declared the schedule for the assembly election in Tripura on Wednesday. The election will be held on February 16, and the counting of votes will take place on March 2. The state assembly session is set to end on March 22, 2023.
Currently, the BJP is in power in the state. Overall, the state assembly consists of 60 members. The BJP, along with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), emerged victorious in the 2018 Tripura assembly elections, easily gaining a two-thirds majority and ending the 25-year-long monopoly of Left rule in the state.
The BJP bagged 35 seats, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and IPFT won 16 and 8 seats, respectively, while the Congress had to satisfy with cypher.
2023 Tripura Assembly polls
This time, the triangular contest is on the cards. The ruling BJP, Left-Congress combine, and Trinamool Congress are other parties on the battlefield.
The BJP removed Biplab Dev as chief minister in May 2022 over performance issues, and the party instead chose Dr Manik Saha as the new CM. The Left and the Congress are set to challenge the BJP together. Their alliance failed miserably in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.
A new entrant, Tipra Motha, is likely to play a decisive role in the 2023 state assembly elections. The party is being led by the Tripura royal family scion and former Congress leader Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma.
Trinamool Congress is in the mood to spread its legs in other states like the AAP. Therefore, TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee landed in Tripura before the polls to woo the voters, and she is expected to visit the state to campaign for her party. TMC is hoping to give a spirited fight in the upcoming elections with the aim of keeping its footprint beyond West Bengal.