Agartala: When Trinamool Congress, CPI-M and veteran Congress leader and former minister Kapil Sibal separately moved Supreme Court on Friday seeking action to countermand the civic poll of Tripura and stop counting the polled EVM until Supreme Court’s order comes, Left Front here wrote State Election Commission (SEC) demanding four points security arrangement for counting to be held on November 28 next.
Left Front Chairman Narayan Kar in a letter to SEC demanded to ensure all the counting halls must be under the scanner of CCTV coverage, the counting halls must be provided with three lair security cover and in the last lair at the gate must be guaranteed by deploying central armed police force, no unwarranted persons should get inside the counting hall and media persons to be given free access to the counting process.
He mentioned the election to Agartala Municipal Corporation and 19 other urban bodies has already created controversy and attained bad name for the state. As of now, the counting is scheduled on Sunday but it would not be fair and secure unless SEC fulfilled the legitimate demands of left front.
Since the Supreme Court had intervened to try and ensure a free and fair poll, it should act now to safeguard democracy and the citizens’ right to vote in Tripura, it has become the responsibility of SEC to ensure full-proof security during the counting, Kar added.
While demanding countermand the elections of Agartala Municipal Corporation, Dharmanagar Municipal Council, Khowai Municipal Council, Belonia Municipal Council and Melaghar Municipal Council held yesterday, left front sought re-polling in a number of wards in Panisagar, Sabroom, Sonamura, Kumarghat and Amarpur Nagar Panchayats alleging poll rigging.
Prior to the polling day, in Agartala and other towns, gangs of BJP men had threatened CPI(M) and other opposition parties candidates, polling agents and local leaders warning them not to go out on polling day. Threats of physical violence and driving their families out of their houses were issued, left front stated.
On polling day, there was extensive booth capturing by BJP goons and physical prevention of voters in many places. In Agartala town, polling agents of opposition parties were beaten up and driven out of many booths. Most of the booths were captured at the start of the polling itself and people were prevented from voting.
Earlier, in seven municipalities, opposition candidates were prevented from filing nominations. As a result, after withdrawals, BJP candidates were elected unopposed, it added.