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As Tripura Votes, Test For Manik Sarkar

Agaetala: Tripura votes today in assembly elections that will, for the first time, see a direct contest between the Left Front that has been in power for 25 years and an alliance led by the BJP that's keen on expanding its footprint in the Northeast. Today's election will decide the fate of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who is seeking a fifth straight term. Eyeing the 32 per cent tribal voters in the state, the BJP has tied up with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a party that wants a separate state for tribals carved out of Tripura.

As people across Tripura trickled into polling booths stating 7 am, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked "sisters and brothers of Tripura, particularly young voters, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote in the assembly elections." Polling is being held for 59 of the 60 assembly seats today.

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