A three-member delegation of Communist Party of India (Marxist) led by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau member Nilotpal Basu and Central Secretariat member Muralidharan met the full Election Commission and submitted a memorandum regarding the violence unleashed against the activists and leaders of opposition parties in Tripura.
We are herewith releasing the text of the memorandum for publication.
It is extremely disturbing that in the immediate aftermath of the full team visit of the Election Commission of India to Tripura, severe violence have been unleashed against the leaders and activists of the opposition parties including the CPI(M). It is ironical that these developments take place after the concrete assurance given by the delegation of the ECI to the people of Tripura that a violence-free and fair election will be held. The CEO of Tripura had specifically launched a zero-poll violence mission. However, the administration, particularly the police administration is acting as in the past oblivious to the assurances of the ECI.
The intensity of the attacks and the violence has increased after the announcement of the polls yesterday. The pattern of violence is clearly aimed at creating a climate of terror and fear which completely vitiates the atmosphere for the conduct of free and fair polls. We are attaching herewith in the annexure the list of recent incidents of violence.
We are urging you to undertake emergency measures for conducting a free and fair poll for the state assembly in contrast to what has been happening during the last five years.
We expect a firm and decisive action on the part of the Election Commission.