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Tripura: Opposition seeks fresh polling for Tripura West constituency

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    IANS | Agartala, May 15, 2019

    The opposition Congress and CPI-M sought directions from the Supreme Court to hold fresh polling for the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat, although the constituency has already gone to the polls twice, party officials said on Wednesday.

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    Re-polling was held on May 12 in 168 of the total 1,679 polling stations in the constituency as electoral malpractices were detected during the first round of voting held on April 11.

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    The Communist Party of India-Marxist sitting Lok Sabha MP and party candidate Sankar Prasad Datta said that their lawyers on the advice of the Supreme Court vacation bench, on Wednesday filed a writ petition in the Tripura High Court.

    “Accordingly the writ petition was filed in the Tripura High Court, which is yet to give a date of hearing for the case,” Datta told the media here.

    Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President and senior lawyer Pijush Kanti Biswas told IANS here that the writ petition, which was filed in the apex Court on Tuesday, sought fresh polling in 433 of the 1,679 polling stations.

    State Congress President Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarman said that despite the Returning Officer to the Tripura West seat in his report to the Election Commission (EC) had admitted that the election process was vitiated in 433 booths, re-polling was held in only 168 stations.

    “A team of senior lawyers led by senior Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi are doing the legal process to seek a direction from the apex court against the EC’s unjustified decision,” Debbarman told IANS over the phone.

    The CPI-M and the Congress have been agitating for re-polling after they alleged large-scale rigging, booth capturing, intimidation and attacks by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists on April 11.

    The BJP, however, has dismissed the allegations.

    Tripura to get 2nd Integrated Check Post, 2 new border haats to improve trade relations with Bangladesh

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      PTI | May 14, 2019

      The Centre has approved the Tripura government’s proposal for setting up a second Integrated Check Post (ICP) and two new border ‘haats’ in the state to improve trade and bilateral relations with neighbouring Bangladesh, an official said on Tuesday.

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      The decision was taken during an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by the secretary of border management of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)in Delhi on Monday, Special Secretary, Industries and Commerce of Tripura, Kiran Gitye told PTI.

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      The Land Port Authority of India (LPI) would construct the ICP at Sabroom sub-division in South Tripura and this will be the second ICP along the Indo-Bangla border in the state after Akhaura ICP here, which was set up in 2013.

      Gitte, who represented Tripura in the meeting said, the two border ‘haats’ (markets) would also be set up at Raghna in North Tripura district bordering Sylhet district and Ghosh Khamar in South Tripura district bordering Feni district of Bangladesh.

      The ICP project would be directly monitored by the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) due to its geo-political importance, the official said.

      The state government had sent the ICP proposal to the MHA for linking the bridge on river Feni with Chittagong division of the neighbouring country in 2016.

      The Chittagong port, considered one of the best ports in south-east Asia, is about 70 km from the bridge that connects Tripura with Bangladesh.

      Tripuras Industries and Commerce Department has already identified 49 acres, including 9 acres of government land, for setting up the ICP at Sabroom.

      The first border ‘haat’ was set up at Srinagar in Sabroom in January, 2015 and the second border ‘haat’ was set up at Kamalasagar in Sipahijala district in June, 2015.

      Business takes place in the ‘haats’ once a week with people living within 5 km radius of the border selling and buying locally produced goods and crops.

      No local taxes on the products are collected from the items sold in the ‘haats’.

      Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Riva Ganguli met Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb here on Monday and discussed issues such as trade and commerce and connectivity between India and Bangladesh.

      “We discussed how to increase trade and commerce between India and Bangladesh and improve connectivity between Bangladesh and Tripura,” Ganguly told reporters on Monday.

      Online education proved to be unfruitful in Tripura

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        AGARTALA | May 13, 2019 (UNI):

        The online education system which was introduced in different selected schools in Tripura proved to be unfruitful due to various infrastructural and resource-related problems in the northern Tripura district of Dhalai.

        The School Education department had initiated online education to improve the condition of poor students.

        Experimentally, thirteen schools in the districts were enabled with the facility.

        The schools include Kulai Class XII School, Chawmanu Higher Secondary School, Kamalpur Government Class XII School, Baligaon High School, K. C. Girls’ Class XII School, 82 Miles Higher Secondary School, Kamalpur Madrassa Class XII School, Dhumachara High School, Chailengta High School, Manughat Higher Secondary School and Salema Class XII School.

        Students also took the matter with interest, but recently the complete process turned offline resulting in non-availability of network connectivity.

        Tripura: CPI(M) alleges poll rigging in West Tripura constituency, says BJP has not learnt its lesson

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        TNT News | Agartala | May 12, 2019

        CPI (M) in a press conference today claimed that despite the efforts of Election Commission as well as the Central Armed forces, there were instances of poll rigging across the 168 polling stations of West Tripura Lok Sabha seat which went for re polling today.

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        Though CPI (M) leadeeship party said they are partially happy with today’s polling as it was not as bad as it was on the previous polling for the same seat on 11 April last.

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        While speaking to the media CPI (M) state secretary Gautam Das said ” We cannot say that the re-polling for West Tripura Lok Sabha seat was held peacefully and fairly. BJP has yet again shown that they don’t believe in democracy. BJP has not learnt any lesson from the mass rigging which took place on April 11 last during the polling of West Tripura Lok Sabha seat by their goons and which brought a bad name to the state across India. Right from the day EC announced the date for re-polling, BJP goons started threatening voters particularly Left Front supporters so that they do not come out to vote. Last night we received several complaints and about which we immediately informed the EC officials. Today also, in many polling stations our polling agents wanted to be present in every polling station but in many polling stations our agents were not even allowed to enter. BJP goons have created havoc across different polling station areas today and threatened voters not to vote particularly those who come from minority community. Though the armed forces helped the voters to cast their votes safely in many areas, still around 10-15% voters couldn’t cast their votes which is clear from today’s voter turn out percentage. We also want to congratulate all the voters who despite of such environment of fear came out to cast their valuable vote”.

        On the issue of their demand for repolling in the entire West Tripura Lok Sabha seat, Gautam Das said ” As you all know that our candidate for West Tripura Lok Sabha seat Sankar Prasad Dutta has filed a writ petition in the SC for re-polling in the entire West Tripura Lok Sabha seat as we have concrete evidence that almost 50% voters were not allowed to vote and there was mass rigging in the entire Lok Sabha constituency. So, we are still demanding re-polling in the entire West Tripura Lok Sabha seat except for the 168 polling stations which went for polling today. We are certain that we will get justice.”

        CPI (M) has also demanded security of all the polling agents of opposition parties as they fear for the safety of them and their family members.

        Tripura West Constituency records 72.32 pc voter turnout, Cong accuses BJP of threatening voters; BJP denies

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          TNT News | Agartala | May 12, 2019

          As voting in Tripura West Parliamentary constituency came to an end, a total voter turnout of so 72.32 per cent was recorded until the filing of this report.

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          Although the re polling in 168 polling stations of West Tripura was necessitated owing to polling malpractices in the earlier phase,
          Congress party alleged that their polling agent of Debram Thakur Para booth was beaten up by BJP activists. They also said that many voters of area were threatened by BJP goons.

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          Whereas, BJP MLA of Khayerpur Constituency under which Debram Thakur Para booth falls said, “There is no supporter of Congress and CPI (M) in that area and I have also received no such information as I was not allowed to go to Khayerpur the entire day but I’m going there today and look into the matter. But EC has appointed officials who were pro-active and it was clear that they were against BJP”.

          Tripura West parliamentary constituency voting today in 6th phase of Lok Sabha Polls

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            TNT News | May 12, 2019

            The Tripura West Parliamentary Constituency is polling today in the 6th phase of Lok Sabha polls along with other states of the country.

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            The total poll percentage as of 12 pm was 31.22 per cent. Polling began at 7 am today morning and is currently in progress.

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            it may be recalled that the Election Commission of India had ordered a re-polling on May 12 after declaring the recent polling across 168 booths of Tripura West parliamentary constituency as void.

            The polling, as per schedule will be held from 7 am to 5 pm today.

            A total of 141,251 electorate, including 69,328 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha seat, where 13 candidates, including a woman are contesting.

            A record number of over 7,000 security personnel, comprising central paramilitary and Tripura State Rifles have been deployed to hold free and fair re-polling in the constituency.

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