It is strange that the Election Commission has announced the date of election for Himachal Pradesh Assembly while withholding the announcement of date for Gujarat Assembly elections.
Following is the statement issued by the team of experts who attended the Election Commission’s EVM Testing meet on behalf of the CPI(M):
Report on Political Developments
(Adopted by the Central Committee
at its meeting on April 18-19, 2017)
The President of the Tripura unit of BJP, Shri Biplab Deb, has cast aspersions on the objectivity and fairness of the Electronic Voting Machines. This comes in the background of the widespread apprehensions about EVMs. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner and demanded among other things that in elections in Tripura EVMs with Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) should be used. We are herewith releasing the full text of the letter.
The miserably low turnout in the bye elections to the Srinagar parliamentary seat in the state of Jammu & Kashmir reduces the electoral process to a total farce. Further, it displays the deep degree of alienation of the people in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The 7.14 per cent turn out in these elections is the lowest ever recorded in any Lok Sabha polls in the state.
CPIM contesting in RK Nagar By-election. Local committee secretary R.Loganathan (39) announced its candidate. CPI(M) state secratary G.Ramakrishnan, CC members T.K.Rangarajan and C.Sampath announced it to the press. "TN people need alternative to policies pursued by AIADMk, DMK, BJP and Congress. CPIM candidate will be the correct alternative choice before RK Nagar people" G.Ramakrishnan said.
He appealed Left and Democratic forces of the state to support CPI(m) candidate. He has asked CPI and VCK for support.
On the day of voting, hundreads of polling booths were captured and false voting took place without any limit. The result and the margin of votes clearly reflect this farce.
The CPI(M) state committees in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Assam are scheduled to meet to prepare a detailed review of the CPI(M)’s performance in the elections and the post election political situation arising in these states. On the basis of these review reports prepared by the state committees, the Central Committee will conduct its review at its forthcoming meeting from June 18-20.
A two member delegation of the CPI(M) consisting of General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Central Secretariat Member Nilotpal Basu met the Chief Election Commissioner today to draw attention of the Commission to some serious concerns with regard to the forthcoming elections to the West Bengal legislative assembly.