AGARTALA, April 21 - With barely 48 hours to go for elections to East Tripura Lok Sabha constituency where scheduled polling was deferred on security reasons, the ruling BJP and Congress have left no stone unturned to win the hearts of voters in the last leg of sweltering campaign which ended this evening.
The CPI (M) is not far behind even as its star campaigner and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is out of the State to join the party�s campaign trail in the national stage.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday led a mega road show in Khowai and Teliamura under Khowai district seeking support from the people for East Tripura LS seat.
While addressing the rally, the Chief Minister lashed out at PCC president Pradyot Kishore Debburman for assaulting a tribal youth inside Khowai police station. �Tripura is not a place for �goondaraj� and the people will take revenge by using EVMs on the polling day�, he said.
Deb, who is also the BJP State president, sees a larger conspiracy in the recent deferment of polls for East Tripura LS seat and assault of a youth inside a police station. �Opposition parties have been demanding more Central forces for the ensuing election but they don�t know security forces will not cast votes�, he said.
On the other hand, Debburman was on the party�s campaign trail at Manu Bazar, Julaibari, Hrishyamukh and Sabroom to reach out to the people on Sunday. �The kind of response he got there was unbelievable�, said a senior party leader over telephone from Sabroom.
Jitendra Chowdhury, who is contesting election to East Tripura Parliamentary seat as Left Front nominee, campaigned in Santir Bazar and his home subdivision Sabroom.
�The campaign for East Tripura Lok Sabha constituency has remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported so far. Now, we will gear up to conduct the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner�, said an Assistant Returning Officer of the constituency over telephone.
Apart from Special Central Police Observer Mrinal Kanti Das, three other Police Observers � Nilav Kishore, K Jayraman and Subrata Mukhopadhyay are in the constituency to ensure polling in a peaceful way.
A large number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) would be deployed in the 1,645 polling stations spread across six districts under the Tripura East Lok Sabha seat.
Altogether 12, 61,879 voters will decide the fate of eight candidates who are in the fray in East Tripura LS seat. The LS constituency goes to polling on April 23.