A three-member delegation consisting of CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau Member Nilotpal Basu and Central Secretariat Member Muralidharan met the full Election Commission today.
The delegation apprised the Election Commission of the apprehension of violence among large section of the voters in Tripura. Such fears also arise from the fact that a large number of motorcycles have been imported into Tripura recently. Gangs riding these motorcycles, it is apprehended, will attempt to terrorise and instill fear by the ruling BJP among voters belonging to opposition parties. Other methods of intimidation were also being used to influence voters. Under these circumstances, the delegation impressed upon the Election Commission to take confidence building measures including but not limited to flag marches not only on main roads but also in the interiors.
The delegation was assured by the Commission that it will take all steps required to ensure that a free and fair poll is conducted in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.