20 - 09 - 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.

Summer camp review at North District

Dharmanagar, May 5,2019 : In the eight day summer camp heldat North Tripura district 23,682 students were identified as‘weak’ students among 40,129 students, said C. K. Jamatia,DM & Collector of North Tripura. Addressing a press meet here today Jamatia said there are 469 schools in the district where summer camp was held. In the eight days camp students weak in subjects – English, Bengali and Mathematics have been identified. Among 40,129 students 23,682 students were found ‘weak’ students in three subjects.

TET: High Court grants time to govt

Agartala, May 1,2019: A Division Bench of High Court of Tripura comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh on Tuesday  granted four-week time to the government to file its reply on a plea related to recruitment of teachers’ through TET examination.

The Public Interest Litigation, filed by Kaushik Nath, sought directives to the state government to fill up the 12000 vacant posts of teachers through TET. The Division Bench, before whom the petition came up today, posted the matter after four weeks as the government pleader sought time to file its reply.

The petitioner’s counsel told the court that at least 12000posts of teachers are lying vacant with the school education department and no step has been taken on the part of state government to fill up the vacancy that hampered the smooth functioning of schools across the state. Moreover, TET qualified job aspirants have not been appointed yet. The next hearing into the case is pegged on May 29.

‘Conspirators’ will be dealt with iron fist: Tripura CM

Agartala,May 1,2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday  sent message to all the ‘conspirators’ who are relentlessly plotting to tarnish the image of the Government., Deb cautioned the “Black sheep” in the government along with whom CPM and Congress are trying ‘heart and soul’ to malign the image of Tripura government.

“Along with CPM and Congress, some people in the government are also involved in conspiracies hatched against the State government. Pity, conspiracy is not only against the government, they are conspiring against the people of Tripura and none of them will be spared”, Chief Minister warned.

The Chief Minister who was addressing a workers’ meeting at Matai community 30: hall also assured the workers that no route of inquiry or legal option would be left untried to book the conspirators. Referring to the recent rumor surfaced in social media regarding his family life, Deb said, “All of them who mongered rumors against me, my family and those who are protecting them will be tracked down at any cost”, he added.

“Who are these people?” he asked and added, these people are hell-bent to malign the government and the party. He termed their moves an attempt of “cowardice”. He also asked the people behind these activities to come forward and claim responsibility of their actions otherwise they would have to face the harsh future.“If you (the conspirators) have courage to accept your deeds, then come to the forefront. Say whatever you want to say openly- however, it signifies nothing if you don’t have the courage to take responsibility for what you had done or saying”, he said. Biplab Deb also added, along with being the Chief Minister, I am also the Pradesh (state) president of the party.

During LS Poll campaign, I single-handedly shouldered the responsibility campaigning for the party candidates. Without naming anyone, he said, “However, you observed some of the people, even beingin the party, did not participate in any party campaign, rather they were found to be busy in other stuff. All of them will also face the consequences”, he signed off. Among the others, BJP state General Secretary Pratima

Bhowmik, BJP South Tripura district president Bivisan Das,BJP MLA from Belonia Arun Bhowmik and local BJP leaderAsesh Baidya also spoke on the occasion

Repoll to held 131 polling stations at West Tripura LS seat

Agartala, May 1,2019:The Election Commission seems to have been preparing for conducting re-polls in some polling stations of West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency. As part of the preparations, the ECI in a letter to Ministry of Home Affairs sought deployment of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) in Tripura. The letter did not mention anything about the prospective date of the repoll-it dwelt only on the preparatory security arrangements.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti, however ,said that he didn’t receive any such official confirmation inthis regard so far.Nevertheless, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered specialsecurity arrangements for re-polls in Tripura, which put the administration security apparatus as well as media into a tizzy this evening. According to the fax message, Election Commission of India (ECI) had requested to deploy CAPFs

in Tripura for conducting free and fair re-polls in 131 polling stations of West seat.The letter said: Election Commission of India (ECI) has requested to deploy CAPFs in Tripura to conduct free and fair repoll in 131 polling stations in 1-TripuraParliamentary

Constituency.“On the recommendations of ECI, deployment of 11 coys BSF is hereby ordered from Assam + 04 existing coys of CRPF (total 15 companies of CAPFs) for deployment inTripura with immediate effect and till completion of polls,”the letter said.

The fax letter signed by Mukesh Taterway Second-in-Command (G), Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, was sent to Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and DGP Tripura

today. According to the letter, as many as 131 polling stations The Election Commission seems to have been preparing for conducting re-polls in some polling stations of West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.

Under trial flees from police station

Ambassa, Apr 29,2019: One under trial accused fled from Ambassa Police Station today morning. Local sources said, one Alendra Debbarma accused in a theft case pretended to go to toilet, but fled away by pushing away the sentry identified as Karmijoy Tripura. The accused hails from Jagnnathpur under Gandachhera. He was arrested on April 27 last and was in Police remand.