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Poll panel team to visit Tripura

Congress supporters participate in an election rally in Agartala on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Agartala, Dec. 27: A full team of the Election Commission, led by chief election commissioner V.S. Sampath, would visit Tripura next week to review preparations for the Assembly elections, officials in the election department here said today.

An official here said the Assembly elections are due to be held in February in three northeastern states — Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland. The Assemblies of the three states are expected to be constituted anew before the expiry of their terms.

The Assemblies in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland have 60 seats each, and the terms of the Assemblies of these states expire on March 10, March 16 and March 26 respectively.

Tripura chief electoral officer Ashutosh Jindal told reporters that “a full Election Commission team will visit Tripura on January 4 or 5 to study election preparations in the state. They will also meet political parties, top police and civil officials and the media.”

The poll panel has also decided to send eight officials to Tripura following the Congress’s complaint about discrepancies in the voter list.

Tripura Congress president Sudip Roy Barman and party legislator Subal Bhowmik met the Election Commission in New Delhi on December 21 and submitted thousands of complaints about fake and ineligible names enrolled in the voter list.

The poll panel had earlier sent four observers after rescheduling the ongoing revision of electoral rolls in Tripura following the Congress’s complaint about irregularity in the voter list. The CPM condemned the Congress’s move and alleged that the Opposition party was trying to delay the process of revising electoral rolls and promulgate President’s rule in the state.

Criticising the change of schedule for the revision of the rolls, the CPM alleged that the Congress was conspiring to dislodge the Left Front government in Tripura as it did in 1988 through backdoor and manipulation.

“The Congress is afraid to face the Assembly elections as it would suffer a humiliating defeat. That is why the party wants to come to power through the backdoor as it did in 1988,” CPM state secretary Bijon Dhar told reporters.

Tripura PCC president Sudip Roy Barman alleged that there were huge irregularities in special summary revision of the electoral roll.


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