A brief pen picture of civic poll voting today illustrated by three cases , fear of attacks confine hardcore CPI (M) men and women at home
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Updated: November 25, 2021, 09:27:30 AM
Despite a number of inconsequential orders passed by the supreme court to make the statewide civic body elections smooth and peaceful, the process of polling today resembled the elections held in Bihar and UP earlier . The point is illustrated by a number of incidents in southern and western parts of the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC). Former two-time (1983-1988) MLA and ex-Rajya Sabha member Motilal Sarkar had headed for Bardowali higher secondary school with family to cast votes . As the Sarkar family neared the school a number of identifiable BJP supporters came forward with folded hands and asked them to go back without voting. An octogenarian and a retired headmaster, Motilal Sarkar quietly strolled back home dejectedly. Interestingly the news about the prevention of Motilal Sarkar spread like wildfire and a senior BJP leader of Bardowali Kamal Dasgupta immediately brought the matter to the notice of junior party leader and former councillor Jayanta Chowdhury whose wife Sampa Sarkar (Chowdhury) is the candidate in Ward no-40. Jayanta immediately rushed to the residence of Motilal Sarkar and profusely apologized to him for the misdemeanor of uninformed party workers and persuaded him with folded hands to go and cast their votes. Sarkar also obliged by going with his family and casting votes. However, the voting journey of all others was not so smooth though in the Bardowali centre the process was more or less peaceful.
In yet another development former Congress MLA and incumbent chairman of newly formed Tripura Democratic Front (TDF) party’s advisory committee charman Tapas De had gone to the office of the Statistic department to cast his vote but was prevented from doing so by a gang of BJP hooligans who sternly directed him to go back home without casting his votes. A late septuagenarian , Tapas De was dejectedly returning home but then senior BJP leaders present there noticed this and persuaded him to go back and cast his votes , tendering an apology. De finally succeeded in pressing the button of choice.
However , senor sports journalist and retired teacher Monimoy Roy was not so lucky in his residential border Gol Chakkar area . Monimoy had gone to cast his vote in the polling booth but was directed by BJP workers present there to go back and not to cast votes , because of his pro-left credentials. Monimoy took this in his stride and said this was more or less expected. But an old lay in the 'Dim Sagar' area grieved before media-persons that her elderly husband and young daughter had been pushed down on the ground because they had insisted on going inside the polling booth and casting ballots despite being asked not to do so. "Never in my long life I have seen such a thing and we have never been treated so shabbily" said the old lady. (Tripurainfo)