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'Raping' Democracy in Panchayat By-Election : Over 100 BJP rowdies attacked Opposition parties during All Party Meeting at BDO office, BJP activists didn't allow Congress, CPI-M to collect nomination papers
TIWN Aug 4, 2018
'Raping' Democracy in Panchayat By-Election : Over 100 BJP rowdies attacked Opposition  parties during All Party Meeting at BDO office, BJP activists didn't allow Congress, CPI-M to collect nomination papers
PHOTO : Pics at Top : CPI-M placed deputation to West DM, Pics at Bottom : Congress protesting at West DM office after the attack in Bamutia. TIWN Pics Sep 4

AGARTALA, Sep 4 (TIWN): BJP’s total disregard for democracy exposed on Tuesday when BJP activists ensured that opposition party activists cannot even collect Panchayat Election nomination papers as they are threatened with dire consequences including murder. As BJP already lost mass support base in 6 months via JUMLA promises, In a shocking development of reigning terror in Tripura Poll history, under 6 months old BJP Govt, oppositions were not allowed to collect nomination papers in a block on Tuesday, where the BDO called an All Party meeting. The attack was launched by around 50 miscreants at Bamutia block office to "make sure" no opposition party can submit nominations in the upcoming Panchayat Election and attack was done by entering the room of BDO and then the team had expanded with 100 people. As a result the meeting couldn't be conducted and postponed seeing the seriousness of the situation. Following the incident Congress had gheraoed the DM Office in Agartala protesting over the attack held upon Congress and in the afternoon, CPI-M leaders led by Ex-Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar submitted a deputation to DM Sandeep Mahatme.

Pabitra Kar told TIWN, "The BDO of Bamutia blocked had called a meeting among all parties at his office today. So, from CPI-M we sent four members and also other parties members were there. At around 10.15 am when the meeting started, above 50 people entered the BDO room an threatened us to leave". 

"They openly said, nobody should take nomination papers and can stand in the election. The attackers numbers multipled in around 100 then. The BDO was bound to stop the meeting and all left the office. When opposition members were returning, along with threats, unwanted languages they (BJP) also checked bags whether anybody is carrying nomination papers with them. So complaining about that incident we met the DM and he also has assured us that proper inquiry will be done in this incident", Kar told TIWN.

On the other side as 3 Congress leaders faced the attack in the block office, they gheraoed the DM-office.

It can be remembered that on July 20, BJP leader Joylal Das in a conference of Yuva Morcha at Sabroom subdivision in South Tripura openly asked party supporters to break opposition CPI-M supporters hands and legs and not to allow them in voting or submitting nominations during Panchayat Election.

Also BJP National General Secretary, State BJP incharge Sunil Deodhar On June 26 said, “BJP will not allow CPI-M to win even a single panchayat seat in coming days”.

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