AGARTALA, March 12 - An average of 80.50 per cent voting was recorded in the by-election to Charilam Assembly constituency of Sepahijala district amidst tight security on Sunday, according to official sources. There was no violence during the polling process.“A little over 80 per cent polling was recorded till 4 pm and no untoward incident was reported till now”, said District Election Officer (DEO) PK Chakravarty over telephone from Bishramganj, the district headquarters.
Even as CPI (M) opted out of the electoral race citing terror like situation, altogether five candidates including BJP, Congress and INPT remained in the fray.
Jishnu Dev Barma, Dy Chief Minister of BJP-IPFT Government is contesting the by-election as BJP nominee. The number of voters was 36,840. Unprecedented security measures were taken to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, he said.
As many as 20 companies of Central forces were deployed in polling booths while enough number of TSR jawans was engaged in maintaining law and order situation, he said.
The by-election became necessary after the death of the then sitting MLA Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. Later, the CPI (M) fielded Palas Debbarma for the by-elections but he was later withdrawn due to fear as claimed by CPI (M).