Agartala | April 12, 2019
Congress in Tripura has demanded repoll in various polling stations after the polling for the West Tripura constituency in the 1st phase was over on April 11. CPI-M General Secretary, Sitaram Yechuri alleged on April 11 that more than 460 booths out of the total 1679 were rigged, voters were intimidated and forced to leave the places and the agents of Left political parties were not allowed to enter inside the booths by the BJP workers.
He said, earlier a team of CPI-M submitted a memorandum to the full team of the ECI demanding deployment of central forces in the sensitive booths and they assured to do that.
“But central forces were not seen in the booths. They were entirely absent, and it was possible due to collaboration of the central and the state government. We have demanded repolling in 460 booths”, Yechuri told in a press conference adding “Democracy was blatantly been trampled today, so we demanded repolling in those booths”.
Later this evening , Congress Candidate Subal Bhowmick, in a news conference stated that intimidation and threatening began from the previous night of the poll day as the anti socials of the ruling BJP forcibly entered the houses of Congress supporters and threatened them of dire consequences if they entered into the booths.
“We have demanded immediate resignation of DGP, A K Shukla and Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Sriram Taranikanti because they deliberately indulged in rigging. Police worked as silent spectator when booths were rigged before their eyes. And both acted as agent of the BJP”, Bhowmick said.