Jharkhand polls a stinging rejection of the CPI(Maoist): PC
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Last Updated: Monday, December 21, 2009, 17:48
  
New Delhi: The average 58 percent turnout in the Jharkhand Assembly polls is a stinging rejection of the CPI(Maoist) and "other militants" who attempted to terrorise the people of Jharkhand into boycotting the elections, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday.

While complimenting the security personnel, who "showed exemplary bravery against the determined attempt of the Naxalites to disrupt the elections," he also appealed to the people to cooperate with the state administration and maintain peace and harmony until a new government is sworn in.

"Elections in Jharkhand have come to an end. I am happy to note that the fifth and the last phase witnessed a turnout of 58.12 percent. The average for all the phases is 58 percent, a number that can truly make the people of Jharkhand proud.

"In my view, this is a stinging rejection of the CPI(Maoist) and other militants who attempted to terrorise the people of Jharkhand into boycotting the elections. The ultimate victor is democracy," Chidambaram said in a statement here.

Besides congratulating the people, the minister also offered his congratulations to the Governor, the Election Commission and the administration of the state of Jharkhand for the arrangements during the elections.

He said, "At this hour, it is our duty to remember the six jawans of the central paramilitary forces, five policemen of the Jharkhand police and one from Bihar police who lost their lives during the period of elections... We share the grief of their families and offer them our sincere condolences.

"I have instructed the authorities concerned to ensure that the compensation due to the deceased policemen is paid expeditiously and a report of compliance submitted by January 15, 2010."

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 21, 2009, 17:48


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