26 - 05 - 2019

CPM meets new RO, demands fresh election for West Tripura LS seat

Agartala, May 4,2019: Reiterating the demand of fresh elections in the West Tripura parliamentary constituency, a delegation of CPI (M) under the leadership of party state secretary Goutam Das today met the newly appointed Returning Officer (RO) of West Tripura parliamentary constituency Vikash Singh.

The CPI (M) delegation also comprised of Left Front Candidate for Tripura West Parliamentary Constituency Sankar Prasad Datta and veteran party veteran and former ministerManik Dey. The delegation also handed over a letter to the RO demanding fresh polls.

In their memorandum, CPI (M) team mentioned of large-scale irregularities and rigging during the polls held on April 11last, and said, they had brought specific details of their apprehension in notice regarding the possible threats of holding free and fair polls in West Tripura seat through repeated deputations and meetings with ECI since March 6 last. They also categorically pointed out the role of Returning officer(RO) of West seat and alleged irregularities during election of April 11 including details of booth capturing, mass rigging and large-scale violence by ruling party.

"In the series of official documents available with us dated April 23, the RO had writtento the Additional Chief Electoral Officer making a comprehensive statement about irregularities in 433 booths”, said CPI(M).

The fact of the matter is that the scale of rigging and manipulation was much larger. Inthe evening of April 11, basedon preliminary reports, the party had asked for re-polling 464 booths out of total 1,679

booths, said CPI (M) through their memorandum and added that subsequently, after the total information became available, they demanded for re-polling in 846 booths.CPI (M) also alleged that more than 50 per cent of the legitimate voters could not cast their votes on the April 11, and also, expressed surprise over ECI’s inaction even after 23 days of the first phase of polls.