- Current Affairs
- Entertainment and Lifestyle
AGARTALA | Dec 26, 2018:
The CPI (M) has alleged large-scale violence, threats and intimidation to party candidates and supporters by 'miscreants' of the ruling BJP ahead of the by-elections to the civic bodies.
In a letter addressed to the Director General of Police (DGP) Akhil Kumar Shukla, CPI (M) state secretary Gautam Das said that unfair means were rampant before the by-election and urged the state police chief to arrange adequate security arrangements.
Das also mentioned that by-elections are taking place at almost 99% seats because of the 'high-handedness' of the present ruling party BJP's leaders and activists, compelling CPI(M) and other opposition parties' members to resign from their constitutionally elected posts.
Alleging large-scale threats to candidates and supporters under four wards of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), where by-polls are to be conducted, a delegation CPI(M) led by former deputy speaker Pabitra Kar met the SP(West) in Agartala on Monday afternoon and demanded adequate security and peaceful atmosphere for by-elections. In the evening, the CPI (M) team also met State Election Commissioner (SEC) G K Rao with similar demands.
Speaking to media persons, Kar alleged that ruling supporters prevent their candidates for 4-AMC seats total from campaigning and whenever they are moving for campaign, they are often met with threats and abuse.
"Earlier, our candidate for ward number- 4 of AMC , Jaya Deb was manhandled by miscreants of the ruling party and five of our supporters were also injured in their attacks", said Kar and alleged that so far none of the involved miscreants have been arrested by police.
He added that their supporters are also facing threats and intimidation by the supporters of ruling party.
"They have been threaten with dare consequences asking them not to exercise the voting rights on the day of poll and were also told to leave their homes two days before the polls," alleged Kar.
"The by-polls for civic bodies is now becoming a farce and undemocratic as opposition are being suppressed by ruling supporters", said Kar.
"Considering the gravity of the situation, we seek the help of police administration, said Kar adding that they are also demanding a conducive atmosphere for elections and equal rights for all opposition candidates and their supporters.
Kar added that the SP (West) have assured them that he will look after their grievances and proper steps would be taken.
CPI(M) leaders and MP Jharna Das Baidhya, former MLA Ratan Das, DYFI leader Amal Chakraborty and other top leaders of the party were also part of the delegation.