16th April 2019. CPI(M) Delhi State Committee is organising a
protest meeting today in Delhi demanding repolling in 464 booths of Tripura
West Lok Sabha Constituency. The other demands include demand for free- fair
polls and stopping of attacks on Left leaders and cadres.
of the CPI(M) led by Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, consisting of Shri.
Nilotpal Basu, member of the Polit Bureau and Shri. Shankar Prasad Datta,
CPI(M) candidate for the West Tripura parliamentary constituency met Chief
Election Commissioner yesterday.
delegation submitted two memorandums – one demanding re-poll in 464 booths in
West Tripura constituency and conducting of free and fair election in East
Tripura parliamentary constituency and the other pertaining to the issue of
violation of the Model Code of Conduct and conducting of free and fair
elections in West Bengal.
Central Committee office released the text of both the memorandums for
memorandum related to Tripura
With a sense
of deep anguish and disappointment, we are forced to draw your attention to the
gross irregularities and to a large extent undermining of the process of free
and fair polls held on 11th April for the 1-Tripura West parliamentary
attaching herewith copies of detailed communications with the Commission
flagging the nature of irregularities that could affect normal polling.
However, all these forewarnings have gone begging. The agreement reached on 6th
March in our meeting with the full Commission on deployment of the central
forces for security of the booths and for the opposition polling agents and
route marches for instilling a sense of confidence among the common voters have
remained conspicuous in its non-implementation on the ground. Even the security
of the two CPI(M) candidates could not be ensured.
attach a set of annexures which include representation from the CPI(M)
candidate for the West Tripura parliamentary constituency, Shri. Shankar Prasad
Datta. We have also attached a large number of statements by polling agents who
were appointed by the chief electoral agent for Shri Shankar Prasad Datta to
the effect that they were forcibly disallowed from performing their legally
ordained responsibility. We have reports that in a large number of booths, the
facility for CC TV coverage and live video streaming were disabled to wipe out
the evidence of the large scale hooliganism and wrongdoing.
all, what was on evidence on 11th April was a complete absence of central
para-military forces to ensure the conduct of a free and fair poll. Therefore,
we strongly urge that the Commission conducts re-poll for the 464 booths in
which the elections were completely rigged, the specific booth numbers and
assembly constituency segments have been already made available for the
candidate Shri Shankar Prasad Datta had already demanded the video recordings
of large number of booths which will conclusively establish the nature and
extent of wrongdoings. But, for these corrective measures, we will be inclined
to infer that the assurances given to us by the Election Commission of India
for conducting free and fair polls in the state, which in any case is the
Constitutional responsibility under Article 324 of the Constitution. We would
further infer that through its non-action the Commission has been active to
facilitate this wrongdoing by the ruling party and its goons.
In the light
of what had happened in 11 April, we are attaching herewith a number of
representations from Shri. Jitendra Choudhary, the CPI(M) candidate for
2-Tripura East parliamentary constituency with very specific suggestions. He
has already cautioned the central police observers and the Returning Officer on
these measurers which needs to be undertaken. These include:
patrolling may be conducted in all sensitive Polling Station areas till the
evening of 17th April as confidence building measures for the voters.
2. All FIR
named persons, who are involved into the pre-poll violence should immediately
be arrested and detained till the process of the election is over.
Polling Stations under the Constituency should be manned by central forces only
and minimum strength should not be not less than 7(seven).
4. More than
3(three) Patrolling Vehicles manned by central forces should be deployed in all
5. In no
case, unauthorised persons and voters concerned in the queue should be allowed
to enter into the polling stations, which has happened rampantly in many booths
on 11th April.
flying squads of ECI and Patrolling Vehicles should ensure safe reporting and
return of the Polling Agents of the
Contesting Candidates, wherever asked for.
outsiders, if not voter of that particular booth or who had already cast
his/her vote should not be allowed to enter the cordoned areas of the Polling Stations.
8. To check
the movement of more than 2(two) motor cycles together and totally banning
outsiders after 5.00 pm.
We urge you
with all the strength that we command that the Election Commission of India is
an institution which has over the years evolved as the principal bulwark for
protecting the parliamentary democracy enshrined in our Constitution. The
people of Tripura and that of the country fervently hope that independent role
of the Election Commission of India should not get discredited.
memorandum related to West Bengal
already brought to your notice that in West Bengal there is an acute deficit of
trust in public perception about the impartiality of the state administration
in the conduct of free and fair polls. In order to further underline the
seriousness of the question, it is necessary to draw your attention that large
number of officials who were allotted polling duty had collectively aired their
concern for their own safety and security and insisted on the presence of
central security forces for ensuring this. It assumed the proportion of near
rebellion which could be finally contained by specific written assurance from
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state.
actual experience of holding election on the 11th April for the two
constituencies of Alipurduar ST and Coochbehar belied the hope that the common
voters had invested in the Election Commission of India (ECI). Again, as in the
case of Tripura, the conspicuous absence of the central security forces, both
in creating a sense of confidence and ensuring free and fair polls on the
polling day was largely visible.
we are attaching herewith a set of documents which contain information on some
of the compelling concerns. The specific issues that need to be drawn attention
to is the instances of attacks on the security and opportunity of trouble free
campaigning of at least four CPI(M) and Left candidates, Shri. Gauranga
Chatterjee in Asansol Parliamentary Constituency, Dr. Faud Halim in Diamond
Harbour PC, Shri. Pallav Sen Gupta in Basirhat PC, and Dr. Rizawul Kareem in
Birbhoom PC. In all these cases, surprisingly, the security for the candidates
were not to be seen neither was the facility of videography of the campaign
trial of the candidate in evidence.
had already brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West
Bengal that contractual employees who are largely dependent on the whims and
fancies of the state ruling party ought not to be deployed for polling duty.
Unfortunately, this has also not been taken cognizance of. As part of the
Annexures, we are also furnishing the details of a large number of booths in
Raiganj PC which need special attention and manning by the central forces for
the sake of holding free and fair poll.
we are to inform that, similar to the complaint that we had to launch on the
biopic of Shri. Narendra Modi, we are drawing your attention to the unlawful
circulation of the trailer of the biopic of Smt. Mamata Banerjee, Chief of the
All India Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister of West Bengal in a flagrant
violation of Model Code of Conduct.
We hope that
the Commission will act on these issues with the urgency they demand.
General Secretary Member, Polit Bureau