CPM indicts Election Commission
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Dec 07, 2012 : Tripura CPM has strongly protested the violation of its own norms by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the second phase of revision of electoral rolls in Tripura.
Addressing a media gathering here at CPI (M)’s party office on Friday, spokesperson Goutam Das said, ‘the claim and objection period for the second phase of the revision of electoral rolls started on November 2 and ended on November 14 last, but after the scheduled period Congress and INPT supporters submitted bulk of claims and objections through only white papers and surprisingly ECI authorities accepted these’.
“It’s a clear violation of ECI norms and the party had already expressed their dismay to the deputy election commissioner Vinod Jutsi on November 28 last, but the same is continuing event now”, said Das.
He alleged that some names of old-age voter from Simha assembly constituency of Tripura have been deleted from the electoral rolls on the alleged ground that they are ‘dead’, but in reality they are still alive.
The awareness publication of ECI’s “Indian Election: A mammoth Democratic Exercise” through DVD, which was sent to Tripura government to arrange showing to the people of the state through ICAT department has serious lacking, alleged Das.
He asked why the Ministry of External Affairs has published the DVD and whether they had taken consent from ECI before releasing the DVD.
The DVD does not contain any perspective relating to Tripura which is going to assembly election in early 2013, said Das adding that in viewing the election campaign scenes, instead of showing plurality, which is the basic electoral system of the country, it looks as if, except Congress and BJP, no party exists in India.
“At one point, while introducing the EVM, election symbols of major national political parties were exhibited except that of CPI(M) and CPI”, said Das alleged that the ‘DVD’ only depicting scenes of religious rites of only one or two religious communities may hurt other religious of the country”, said Das.
The party requested the ECI to instruct the MEA not to circulate the disk for viewing in Tripura before the assembly election.
He said that the TPDF, the mouthpiece of banned ATTF militant group has distributed CDs in Jirania and Mohanpur subdivisions of Tripura with communal overtones to disturb the peaceful environment of the state.
Das added that the CPI (M) will organize the central election rally in Agartala on January 20 next, where party’s top leaders including Prakash Karat will deliver their speeches and the party sought permission to union government for uses of Assam Rifle ground.