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65-70 pc caste vote despite threats

Heavy turnout was reported in all 60 seats in the state, where 55-60 pc votes were cast till 2 pm amidst tight security, officials said.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2003 18:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Tripura recorded a high turnout of 65-70 per cent despite threats of violence by insurgent group National Liberation Front of Tripura. Over 80 per cent polling was recorded in the capital Agartala.

Congress complained of poll irregularities by ruling CPI(M) activists in West Tripura district with AICC observer Wasim Ahmad shooting off a letter to the state election commission. As many as 225 candidates are in fray for the 60-member Assembly.

Heavy turnout was reported in all the 60 constituencies in Tripura, where 55 per cent to 60 per cent votes were cast till 2 pm amidst tight security, official sources said.

People were seen standing in long queues in front of polling booths. Places around the polling booths were decorated with flags and festoons of different political parties and small roadside shops were doing brisk business.

For the first time, Electronic Voting Mchines (EVMs) are being used in the state.

Though the sky remained cloudy since morning, met office sources said there was no possibility of rain or thunder shower.

First Published: Feb 26, 2003 10:16 IST