Shri Nilotpal Basu, member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India regarding the obnoxious activities of the hoodlums associated with the ruling BJP in Tripura while reiterating the demanding for re-poll in 464 booths which were rigged on 11th April. We are releasing the text of the letter for publication.

(Hari Singh Kang)

For CPI(M) Central Committee office

Dear Shri Arora ji,

At the very outset, let me thank you on all of our behalf for recognizing the grave situation of law and order prevailing in Tripura. We hope that, the steps that you have initiated will ensure a free and fair poll in the Tripura East (ST) parliamentary constituency which is now going to be held on 23 April.

Meanwhile, the obnoxious activities of the hoodlums associated with the ruling BJP in the state continue. I am hereby forwarding two letters addressed to you by the CPI(M) Tripura state committee. I am also, as part of the annexure, attaching a report published by the Indian Express to the effect that threats to citizens who support the CPI(M) and the Left is served with chilling imageries.

Further, we would like to request you to accede to our demand of holding re-poll in the 464 polling booths of Tripura West parliamentary constituency held on 11th April. Now that, the premise on which we had made this demand initially, stands recognized by you, we hope that your decision would lead to its logical culmination.

Thanking you,

With regards,

Yours sincerely

Nilotpal Basu

Member, Polit Bureau