New Delhi: CPI (M) on Tuesday organized a protest dharna at Jantar Mantar against the failure of Election Commission of India (ECI) in ensuring free and fair elections in Tripura.
CPI (M) alleged that The polling for the West Tripura Lok Sabha seat saw large scale violence and rigging by the BJP. Election officials and observers and central forces were not seen in the booths that were captured. Further, polling agents of the opposition parties were expelled from most of the booths and CCTV cameras were also damaged to hide the misdeeds.
The delegation, consisting of Nilotpal Basu, member of politburo, and Shankar Prasad Datta, CPI(M) candidate from West Tripura, in their memorandums demanded a re-poll in 464 booths in the parliamentary constituency of the total 1,679 polling stations of West Tripura seat.
Shankar Prasad Datta, Lok Sabha MP, CPI(M) candidate from West Tripura, Speaking to Ten News said,
“What was on evidence on April 11 was a complete absence of central para-military forces to ensure the conduct of a free and fair poll. Therefore, we strongly urge that the Commission conduct re-poll for the 464 booths in which theelections were completely rigged, the specific booth numbers and assembly constituency segments have been already made available for the Commission,one of the memorandums read.”