May 1, 2009 Press Release We are releasing two letters addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner by Brinda Karat, Member, CPI(M) Polit Bureau, today. The first one pertains to the release of an advertisement concerning the new pension scheme, in total violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The second relates to the rigging of polls in three assembly segments in the Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency and demand for a repoll in the affected segments. ****************** May 1, 2009 The Chief Election Commissioner Election Commission of India Nirvachan Sadan Ashoka Road New Delhi Dear sir, We wish to bring to your notice the advertisement issued by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority published in The Hindu today. This advertisement is a clear violation of the model code of conduct issued by the Election Commission. We seek your appropriate intervention in this matter. Thanking you, Yours sincerely (Brinda Karat) Member, Polit Bureau ****************** Ref No. : BK/2009/II/36 1st May, 2009 The Chief Election Commissioner Election Commission of India New Delhi – 110 001 Dear Sir, This is to draw your attention to the serious complaint of subversion of democratic rights by the supporters of B.J.P. and G.J.M.M. in three hill sub-divisions of the Darjeeling Lok Sabha Constituency. Shockingly, the complaint includes the connivance of certain presiding officers as well as the strange inaccessibility of observers when their intervention was required. The CPI(M) candidate Shri. Jibesh Sarkar has made the written complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer of the West Bengal. I enclose the copy of the complaint. He has sent a complaint subsequently to the Chief Election Commissioner. I believe it is serious enough to warrant intervention from the Election Commission of India. I do hope you will intervene to take the appropriate action to ensure re-poll in the affected segments of the constituency. Thanking you, Yours sincerely, BRINDA KARAT Member, Polit Bureau