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CPI-M files case in Supreme Court demanding interference in Election Commission’s decision about Re-Poll in 168 polling booths, Party demands Total Re-Poll
TIWN May 8, 2019
CPI-M files case in Supreme Court demanding interference in Election Commission’s decision about Re-Poll in 168 polling booths, Party demands Total Re-Poll
PHOTO : Bijan Dhar, Gautam Das addressing media at Melarmath Party Office. TIWN Pic May 8

AGARTALA, May 8 (TIWN): Soon after Election Commission of India (ECI) announced re-poll in West Tripura’s 168 polling booths due to massive rigging, being unsatisfied over the decision of merely re-polling of 10% booths, CPI-M has knocked Supreme Court of India demanding interference of Supreme Court in Election Commission’s decision. CPI-M has demanded re-poll in the whole constituency. In a press conference, CPI-M State General Secretary Gautam Das, spokesperson Bijan Dhar told media that today MP Sankar Prasad Dutta has gone to Supreme Court and filed a case demanding court’s interference over the decision of the Election Commission. Tomorrow the petition will be placed before the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s bench. The CPI-M leaders said even though ECI has declared very minimum seat numbers for re-poll but still BJP’s real face has been exposed before the country as ECI decision was taken due to poll-violence and rigging.

The party leaders criticized Election Commission for killing around one month to take this decision, saying, “FIRs, case registrations, suspensions of various electoral officers gave a confidence that a fresh re-poll will be held but today the decision of ECI has frustrated the common men”, Bijan Dhar told media.

Today at 11 am CEO Sriram Taraniknati announced about re-poll in the 168 polling stations. On being asked by media, regarding the “should be” re-polling booths’ numbers which have been announced 168 altogether, CEO Sriram Taranikanti said, let’s not focus on how many booths should be re-polled whether less or more.Let us focus on the announced booths and reality, facts.

“Whatever it should be, but the fact is that the numbers of re-polling booths are 168 and the election to be conducted on 12th May from 7 am to 5 pm. This is a chance to prove that we can have a free and fair election”, said Sriram Taranikanti.

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”.

Total numbers of voters are 1,41,255.

Congress also has filed a same case in the Supreme Court of India. 

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