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BJP Trying To Turn The By-Polls Into A Farce: Tripura CPIM To CEO, CEC

“Candidates, ministers and leaders of the ruling party are violeting the model code of conduct ignoring the law repeatedly”.

Tripura CPI (M) made this complaint again to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state . A copy of the complaint has also been sent to the Chief Election Commissioner of India in Delhi.

On Tuesday, CPI (M) State Secretary Jitendra Chowdhury made a detailed complaint about the repeated violations of the model code of conduct to the CEC.

Chief Minister Manik Saha himself addressed an election meeting of Madrasah teachers and Muslim imams at Kamalnagar in Boxanagar district on Monday. On August 27, the BJP held an election meeting with government employees at Manikyanagar of Boxanagar assembly constituency. State Transport Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, BJP candidate Tafazzal Hussain and other BJP leaders were present there.

“Does election campaign meeting with government employees not fall under election code of conduct? How will the administration complete the election process with those who are present in those meetings? What does the election manual say? Why action is not taken against those who violate the code of conduct?” CPI (M) state secretary asked the commission.

Jitendra Choodhury said in the letter that the election code of conduct had been violated earlier also. On August 20 for election campaign meeting was held by the BJP candidate with madrasa teachers. On August 24, all ASHA workers of Sonamura sub-division were ordered to attend the election meetings of the BJP in Boxanagar and Matinagar community halls. In both meetings, Minister Tinku Roy bribed Asha workers with a saree and an envelope of Rs.1,000. State Government Minister Bikas Debbarma is campaigning in the tribal areas of Dhanpur Center and is collecting papers from the poor tribals promising to approve rubber plantation aid from the campaign meeting. The video clip has been sent to the CEO office along with the complaint.

“Another Minister Ratan Lal Nath campaigned for the by-election and openly instigated the BJP workers by throwing out the CPI(M) polling agents, supporters, voters from the polling station after 12 noon on the polling day” mentioned Choudhury.

In view of all this, the CPI (M) state secretary expressed fear that the BJP will try desperately to turn the September 5 by-election polls into a farce like the subsequent polls of 2018.

In this situation, Jitendra Choudhury demanded the election authorities to conduct an investigation against the violators of the election code of conduct by an honest and fearless officer and take appropriate legal action against the violators for a fair, peaceful and peaceful poll.

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