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TV channels show footage of voters being attacked by TMC supporters

Admirable Effort:An elderly woman is carried to a polling centre in Burdwan district in West Bengal on Wednesday.PHOTO: PTI
Admirable Effort:An elderly woman is carried to a polling centre in Burdwan district in West Bengal on Wednesday.PHOTO: PTI

The claims made by the Election Commission that the polls in West Bengal were free and fair are exaggerated, Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly and Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Surjya Kanta Mishra said as he demanded a repoll in 826 booths in the constituencies that went to polls.

Dr. Mishra alleged that there was no free and fair polls in Arambagh Lok Sabha constituency and that the Election Commission had completely failed there. Of the 826 polling booths where the Left front has demanded re-poll, 323 are in the Bolpur Lok Sabha constituency.

Dr. Mishra raised questions about the deployment of central paramilitary forces and said that their presence was far from satisfactory.

He pointed out that other measures like live web casting was not satisfactory.

While television channels showed footage of voters being attacked allegedly by the supporters of the Trinamool Congress, a first information report was lodged against panchayat member Jharna Roy under Arambagh Lok Sabha seat for rigging .

State Congress leadership also wrote to the Election Commission expressing their “displeasure and unhappiness” over the manner in which the election was conducted.

Failure

“It is clear that the election commission failed to perform this time also like the previous phases,” a letter written by Nirbed Ray, chairman Election Conduct Committee said.

The Trinamool Congress however denied such allegations and said that the polls were largely peaceful.


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