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ADC election marred by violence , malpractice, coercion , attacks and prevention of voters from casting ballots, flurry of allegations made by opposition

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: April 6, 2021, 11:21:52 AM   

As anticipated well in advance the ongoing ADC election today has already degenerated into open fights, forcible prevention of voters from casting ballots , driving out of polling agents of opposition parties and other malpractices in most of the 28 constituencies. In the violent ADC election of 1990 altogether ten persons had died by violence while the election in the year 2000 had been marred by armed intervention of the banned NLFT militants. Even though no one has died so far today the situation is reminiscent of the poll misconduct and mismanagement of the two earlier occasions. The opposition CPI (M) has referred to specific incidents of threat, intimidation and police inaction in eighteen constituencies while the Congress has alleged that the election is being reduced to a farce all over the ADC area by BJP, IPFT and Tipra Motha. 

Amidst the flurry of allegations and counter-allegations many specific incidents of malpractices and irregularities have reached media offices. These are as follows :-

1)In the Dhariatal booth under Amtoli-Golaghati constituency a group of Tipra Motha workers beat up a BJP supporters protesting the forcible prevention of voters from coming to the booth by the BJP workers. One BJP supporter sustained an injury and the police had to fire in the air to quell the rising tension ;

2)In booth no 36 under the Maharanipur-Chelagang constituency the voters boycotted the polling in protest against the strong arm tactics of BJP workers and supporters while trying to prevent voters from casting ballots;

3)In a bizarre incident at Ramchandra Ghat ADC constituency the ‘Pineapple’ symbol of ‘Tipra Motha’ party had been remained under cover for close to two hours when a lady looked for the symbol and pointed out that she could not trace the same on the EVM. When the allegation was found true, the presiding officer postponed the polling for a time and police intervened to restore order; 

4)In Bodhjung Nagar-Wakinagar constituency an IPFT worker was injured in a clash with BJP workers last night and because of EVM malfunction the polling was postponed today for the time being booth nos-32 and 35;
5)In Purba Muhuripur and Bhuratoli constituency the polling agents of CPI (M) and Congress were pushed out of booths by the BJP-IPFT workers. The agents of rebel BJP candidate Rocky Vitta would have met the same fate , but for strong intervention from Vitta who is backed by local BJP workers and supporters;

6)In Damcherra Jampui constituency polling was deferred for the time being in booth no-14 because of EVM malfunction. The technicians , presumably inept and inexperienced, is taking inordinately long to repair the EVM; 

7)In Jirania constituency polling was postponed for the time being following clash between IPFT and Tipra Motha supporters and alleged pressure put by the presiding officer on voters to press button in favour of IPFT; 

8)In south Maharanipur Sonaicherri  area under Maharanipur-Chelagang constituency three CPI (M) supporters were injured in attacks by BJP workers. Polling was affected by the attack on CPI (M) workers;

9)In Maharanipur-Teliamura constituency all the agents of CPI (M) and Congress were thrown out of polling booths by BJP-IPFT combine but there was a minor clash in Bilaiham para booth;

10)The CPI candidate Satyajit Reang of Birchandra Nagar-Kalsi constituency alleged that in Lachi camp and forest range office booths the BJP candidate Sanjit Reang himself led the attack on left front supporters and workers after pushing the opposition party agents out of the polling booths there. He has also filed a complaint with the state election commission.

Officials sources from many constituencies said that the polling had been peaceful for the first two hours with traditionally attired voters standing in long queues before the polling booths from earlier than scheduled commencement of polling at 7-00 AM. But things started changing from around 9-00 AM as the ruling coalition realized that they are on sticky wickets and large turnouts will give a big blow to their poll prospects. The detailed reports on other poll-related incidents are still awaited. 

   (Tripurainfo)

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