West Bengal: CPI(M) demands repoll in 1,317 booths

Apparently peeved with the EC for failing to thwart violence, rigging and booth capturing by Trinamool Congress workers during the third phase of polls held yesterday in nine districts of West Bengal, CPI(M) on Thursday demanded repoll in 1,317 out of a total of 17,323 booths.

Kolkata: Apparently peeved with the EC for failing to thwart violence, rigging and booth capturing by Trinamool Congress workers during the third phase of polls held yesterday in nine districts of West Bengal, CPI(M) on Thursday demanded repoll in 1,317 out of a total of 17,323 booths.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose said it was confounding for all to see that the Election Commission failed to perform its duty yesterday and alleged that TMC workers resorted to rigging and booth capturing at various places under the nose of EC observers and micro-observers.

He said Trinamool workers also ransacked houses and shops in post-poll violence in places which went to the polls yesterday.
"After the first phase, we found that the EC did a fair job during the second phase. But the scenario reversed totally in the third phase," Bose said expressing surprise at the comments of Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, special observer of EC for West Bengal.

Rakesh yesterday said the polls were held in a free and fair manner with a rider that it could not be said whether it was peaceful as well.
"How can he say so without collecting information? It is not easy to make an instant comment like that. So it was pre-meditated," he alleged.

Bose also criticised the role played by micro-observers saying all booths were supposed to be fitted with video and digital cameras.

"Was this done by the EC?" he asked.

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