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State EC sent false report on CCTV footage, Webcasting scrutiny to Central EC : Congress complains to EC, CPI-M filing RTI to get original footage
TIWN April 20, 2019
State EC sent false report on CCTV footage, Webcasting scrutiny to Central EC : Congress complains to EC, CPI-M filing RTI to get original footage
PHOTO : Left : Congress leader Tapas Dey addressing media, Right :Congress's complaint to EC.

AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, April 20 (TIWN): State Election Commission led by CEO Sriram Taranikanti and West Tripura constituency RO Sandeep Mahatme have sent false information to the Central Election Commission. Whereas oppositions were excluded during scrutiny, but in report they said that on 13th April in front of all political persons, scrutiny was done. Tripura Congress has filed a written complaint to Election Commission saying the state Electoral Officers have lied on the fact, whereas no Congress leader was present on that day. In case of CPI-M, just before 15 minutes a call came in a leader’s phone (no written letter) and still one CPI-M representative went as no top leader was present in the local area. But at there all booths pictures were displayed together. Gautam Das in a press conference raised question, how a single person can see all booths together and when in one spot, the CPI-M leader was trying to mention “rigging”, electoral officers asked him not to talk on that time. CPI-M has decided to file RTI and to buy all footage. Gautam Das said, “For the mean of transparency only, modern equipment are being used. Scrutiny was just for name-shake”.

Out of 1679 booths total 864 booth were at least rigged, CPI-M has added a fresh data with the previous complaint and submitted to EC today. Addressing media CPI-M State General Secretary Gautam Das said, “At first 464 booths were reported with total rigging as CPI-M received the full evidences. Then on Thursday, we said that 774 booths were rigged. Today we have submitted all reports to the Election Commission of India mentioning about total 864 booths’ rigging out of 1679 booths, which means more than 50% booths were rigged. In Simna 6, Mohanpur 28, Bamutia 30, Barjala 42 booths, Khayerpur 55 booths, Agartala 21, Ramnagar 37 booths, Town Bordowali 14 booths, Majlishpur 50 booths, Mandai Bazar 19, Pratapgarh 40 booths, Takarjala 1 booth, Badharghat 34 booths, Kamalasagar 28, Bishalgarh 36, Golaghati 17, Suryamaninagar 31, Charilam 21, Boxonagar 5, Nalchar 37, Sonamura 19, Dhanpur 41, Killa-Bagma 26 booths, Radhakishorepur 37, Matabari 45. Kakrabaon/ Salgarh 41Rajnagar 35, Belonia 27, Santir Bazar 23 numbers”.

“Today we have told the Election Commission that BJP workers have crossed the electoral officials and few securities who were existing during poll. They have casted fake votes. In maximum centres webcame has been damaged, few were covered with black cloths”, said Gautam Das.

Both CPI-M and Congress are hoping immediate action of the Election Commission of India. 

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