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EC order for repoll in only 168 booths in Tripura West disappointing: CPM

The CPI-M expressed “its deep sense of disappointment” over the Election Commission’s order for re-poll in only 168 booths of the constituency.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The CPI-M, which demanded re-poll in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency because of various irregularities in the 12 April polling, on Wednesday expressed “its deep sense of disappointment” over the Election Commission’s order for re-poll in only 168 booths of the constituency.

According to the CPI-M politburo, there was widespread rigging and prevention of voters from exercising their franchise by the ruling BJP during polling on 12 April.

“We firmly hold that this order is not in consonance with the ground reality and obviously too little and too late in ensuring a free and fair poll where more than half the electorate was actually unable to exercise their right to vote,” the party said.

The CPI-M said the order had come after almost a one-month-long exercise by considering “only partially the innumerable complaints by political parties and individuals about large-scale rigging and illegality”.

“Hence, this order will signal, on the one hand, acknowledgement of rigging on a major scale and yet falling short of the expectations that the ECI will deliver justice for the voters of the constituency who could not cast their votes,” the party said.

Nothing short of a re-poll for the entire Tripura West parliamentary constituency will serve the purpose of a free and fair poll and protecting the rights of the voters, the party said.