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Delay in re-poll announcement irks resentment : CEO Sriram Taranikanti downed importance of Webcasting
TIWN April 26, 2019
Delay in re-poll announcement irks resentment : CEO Sriram Taranikanti downed importance of Webcasting
PHOTO : CEO Sriram Taranikanti addressing media. TIWN Pic April 25

AGARTALA, April 26 (TIWN): When lakhs of voters could not cast their votes on 11th April, 2019, Polling agents were beaten and pushed out of the booths (footages of injured polling agents are viral), Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti has said that even after multiple times requests, political parties could not provide their polling agents in West Tripura poll. More shockingly, when webcasting was intentionally stopped and people left “no trust” on State Election Commission, Taranikanti said that webcasting is an additional factor whereas electoral officers are there who ensures the safety. He also added, only complaints registered till 16th April has been granted seriously and after that the complaints can not be seen so vividly. Earlier also CEO Taranikanti, RO Sandeep Mahatme’s role came under scanner multiple times. Today two BJP leaders were also seen at the Election Commission office here during the meeting regarding West Tripura poll was going on.With viral proves, evidences State Tripura is reeling under shocks as lakhs of voters could not cast their votes, polling agents were removed from booths, beaten on 11th April.

Over hundreds of people were injured, hospitalized. In front of police, security forces, electoral officers opposition polling agents were removed from the booths, but State Election Commissioner Sriram Taranikanti so far stayed muted and police under DGP A K Shukla has proven nothing but a puppet of BJP. Since yesterday the violence started across towns and villages today in front of presiding officers the booths were captured, polling agents were beaten before  CCTV camera.

 Infact, BJP supporters alleged that they were asked to press on the No-1 button which is lotus. Before the election, Pratima Bhowmik already said, “My BJP supporters will become booth’s Chowkidars and Jamanat-Jabd of the opposition will be made sure”. Chief Minister Biplab Deb also in open public gathering declared that he will teach a lesson to the opposition in this election. Even after telling the Election Commission again and again, CEO Sriram Taranikanti has failed to control the law and order and allowed the so called “Chowkidars” to capture booths.

Most importantly, Pratima Bhowmik’s involvement in night rigging after poll was exposed in footage where she is threatening a police officer saying, “Ham tereko abhi mar dalega”.


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