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Tripura polls: 40 pc turnout till noon

Posted on Feb 14, 06:55PM | IBNS

Agartala, Feb 14 : Around 40 percent of total voters cast their ballots till noon since voting started in Tripura on Thursday morning to elect a new Assembly.

The northeastern state is electing representatives to its 60-member Assembly.

The contest is between the Congress and the Left Front, which has been in power in the state for 20 years now.

The Left, led by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, will be eager to retain Tripura after the Front's ouster from strongholds Kerala and West Bengal.

According to reports, Sarkar cast his vote at a booth in Ramnagar constituency.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has never won a seat in Tripura, has fielded 20 candidates this time.

A total of 249 candidates are in the fray, said reports.