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  • Demand for fresh LS poll in Tripura

    Published on April 17, 2014

    Agartala , 17 April (Hindusthan Samachar ): The political atmosphere of the state got heated up all of a sudden from Monday following the
    sudden demand made by the different political parties for fresh poll in the two Lok Sabha
    seats of the state. The demand came followed by issue exposed in some media, both print and
    electronic, on the farce in the name of polling inside polling booths. Some parties blamed the
    election commission and Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal for all that happened on 7th
    and 12th of this month.
    Congress has not till demand for re-poll but the party spokesman said that they will wait for
    the decision of EC. TMC chairman Ratan Chakraborty who was also a candidate from West Tripura
    Lok Sabha seat said party lunched allegation regarding rampant rigging in polling in the state
    has got established and the neutrality of the Election commission is now under question. BJP
    state president Sudhindra Dasgupta who was also in the fray today made the most outright
    demand. He said that BJP wants re-poll in the state with officials from outside. No officer
    from the state should be in charge and central observer should oversee the re-poll. Tripura
    Pragatishil Gramin Congress organized demonstration demanding dismissal of Chief Electoral
    Officer Ashutosh Jindal in front of Election department. TPGC led by convener Subal Bhowmik
    protested against the booth capturing of CPI-M cadres during first phase Lok Sabha poll held
    on April 7, 2014 at Baidyar Dighi Anganwadi Centre under 16- Bishalgarh Assembly constituency.
    He also demanded arrest of accused CPI-M cadres and leaders who are involved with incident.
    Besides he demanded re-polling of the Loksabha seat.
    In this situation Show-cause notice was served to presiding officer and election officials of
    a polling station in Bishalgarh for allowing the same person to escort two aged voters as
    companions on April 07, said Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal at civil secretariat.
    Refuting the charges of political nexus on him, Jindal told reporters that the report was sent
    to the Election Commission of India.
    He claimed that State Election Department acted according to guidelines and regulations of the
    Election Commission of India. Shah Alam, a local resident of Bishalgarh, is reported to have
    escorted two visually impaired old voters in the polling station on April 07.

    We have investigated the allegation of political influence over voters inside the polling
    stations. All documents and evidence relating to the issue were inspected by the election
    authority, the CEO added. The issue is under the jurisdiction of the Commission. We are
    ready to conduct re-poll if the Election Commission instructs us to do so, Jindal informed.

    Election observers conducted necessary formalities for form 17A on April 08 in presence of
    representatives of all political parties. No objection was raised at the time from any
    political party. Notably, Pradesh Congress alleged that the Election Commission, CEO and all
    poll officials of the state were engaged in an evil political nexus in the state. The Election
    Commission and the CEO worked for CPIM in the Lok Sabha polls 2014, PCC spokesperson Dr Ashok
    Sinha alleged. The party also demanded cancellation of entire poll process in the state and
    sought re-poll. The demands came shortly after a local TV channel streamed live footages of
    people accompanying voters inside the voting compartment in direct contravention of the
    guidelines of the Election Commission.

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