AGARTALA, Dec 19 - Elections to 20 civic bodies of Tripura, including the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), have been deferred as the scheduled polls could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tenure of all the civic bodies is scheduled to expire on December 20 and the Tripura Urban Development Department has already issued a notification, asking the District Magistrate, West, Dr Sailesh Kumar Yadav to assume office as the Administrator of the AMC.
SDMs of the subdivisions concerned were also asked to act as the Administrators of the respective municipalities and Nagar Panchayat.
Earlier, the Tripura Government had postponed the electoral process till February 27 next year as the preparatory works for conducting the elections could not be completed due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Left Front and the Congress have strongly reacted to the Government�s decision to appoint Administrators for one municipal corporation, 13 municipalities and six Nagar Panchayats.
The outgoing Left Front councillors of the AMC have termed the appointment of Administrators by the State Government for running the council, �undemocratic� and called for early elections to the civic bodies.
Speaking to media persons, outgoing Deputy Mayor Samar Chakraborty today said that with the cooperation of all sections of employees, the AMC authority delivered services to people living in the areas under its jurisdiction.
Chakraborty complained of interference by ruling party workers in execution of social welfare scheme.
Tripura Congress vice president Tapas Dey also slammed the Government�s decision to appoint Administrators for the civic bodies. �We demand early announcement of the civic body elections or else the party will seek the High Court�s intervention. In West Bengal, elections to the civic bodies were postponed, but the High Court reversed the Government�s decision and asked the authorities to hold the elections at the earliest,� he maintained.