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West Tripura LS repoll : 168 Polling Stations news awaits official announcement from ECI, TIWN talks to Pradyot Manikya, Congress will file case in SC
TIWN May 8, 2019
West Tripura LS repoll : 168 Polling Stations news awaits official announcement from ECI, TIWN talks to Pradyot Manikya, Congress will file case in SC
PHOTO : TIWN File Photo : Pradyot Manikya addressing media.

AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, May 8 (TIWN): Even though CEO Sriram Taranikanti yet to announce regarding the re-poll before media till 10.30 am report, however, a notification of the ECI is going viral in social media claiming 168 polling stations to undergo re-poll. Also local and national media both have asserted the same on re-poll whereas the opposition earlier had demanded a fresh re-poll in all the constituencies. The Election Commission of India (ECI) reportedly found 168 polling stations in Tripura West parliamentary constituency on April 11 were rigged and this in those polling stations re-poll to be conducted. In a telephonic conversation, Congress State President Pradyot Manikya said that Congress is acknowledging the fact of the notification and if this is true then, the party will file case in the Supreme Court of India. However, media houses are waiting for the official declaration of the notification.

ECI Secretary S.B. Joshi in a notification said, "After taking all material circumstances into account, the Election Commission declared under Sub-Sections (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that the poll taken on April 11, 2019, at 168 polling stations in 1-Tripura West parliamentary constituency against the assembly segments to be void and appoints May 12 at the date and fix hours from 7 am to 5 pm for taking a fresh poll," an official statement said. The assembly segments in Tripura West include Simna (ST), Mohanpur, Bamutia (SC), Barjala (SC), Khayerpur, Ramnagar, Town Bordowali, Majlishpur, Mandai Bazar, Takarjala (ST), Pratapgarh (SC), Badharghat (SC), Kamalasagar, Bishalgarh, Golghati, Charilam, Boxanagar, Nalchar, Sonamura, Dhanpur, Bagma (ST), Radhakishorepur, Matabari, Kakraban-Salgarah (SC), Rajnagar (SC) and Belonia.The ECI directed the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to ensure that wide publicity is given in the polling areas. It also directed the official to inform political parties and contesting candidates about the fresh poll”.

West Tripura Election was rigged by BJP MP candidate Pratima Bhowmik who was seen in a viral video threatening an IPS officer when he disrupted BJP’s nightmare attacks on people. Also various leaders including MLA Ram Prasad Paul was seen warning police officers to go away from the polling stations.

Since 8.30 am, BJP started massive booth capturing, polling agents were beaten who attended poll process from the opposition followed by 100% booth capturing. Lakhs of voters could not cast their votes and prevention of voters are viral across social media. In this situation if EC does not announce a fresh total re-poll then Congress will file a case in the Supreme Court.

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