Agartala, Feb 23: Polling began peacefully for the 60-member Tripura Assembly at around 0730 hours this morning. Initially, the voter turnout was sparse due to the chilly weather. However, large number of electorate cast their votes later in the day. Official sources said about 12 per cent voter turnout had been registered so far. About 43,000 security personnel, including 20,000 Central Paramilitary Forces, have been deployed to ensure free and fair polls.
In 2003 election, Left Front pulled 51.19 per cent votes only 6.19 per cent more than the together votes pulled by Congress-INPT combine. Additional 1.32 per cent of votes from both the quarters were taken away by BJP, which had put of candidates in all 60 constituencies.