March 3, 2018
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Polit Bureau Member Brinda Karat met the Chief Election Commissioner this evening seeking his intervention to ensure that counting is resumed in three booths of 23-Dhanpur assembly constituency of Tripura from where Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is contesting. Counting was stopped following the BJP’s objections.
The CEC has assured that he will take immediate action according to the rules.
The full text of the letter submitted to the CED is given below:
The Chief Election Commissioner
Election Commission of India
This is to draw your urgent attention and immediate intervention in the process of counting of 23-Dhanpur A/C of Tripura. This is a constituency of Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister. The counting of polling booths No. 42, 43 and 47 have been stopped. The BJP candidate has demanded repoll in these booths on the plea that there are no signatures of polling agents of BJP in the control units of these booths, though the signatures of the Presiding Officer and the Polling agents of other parties are there.
Clearly this is a ruse to disrupt the counting process since the BJP candidate is trailing.
In addition, we have got reports that with the help of ITBP counting agents of the CPI(M) are being driven out from the counting centre leaving Manik Sarkar alone, who is being gheraoed and heckled by the BJP agents.
This is a clear violation of counting procedures.
Your immediate intervention is required to ensure the continued counting of votes of the above-mentioned polling booths and for more transparency alongside the counting of VVPAT slips of these booths.
Please act urgently before the situation further deteriorates.