Agartala: Amid massive criticism from different political parties, the State Election Commission has revised the date of by-polls and counting of votes for the 10 municipalities in the state.
According to a revised notification, the state EC has fixed December 27 as voting date for the by-elections. The counting of ballots will happen a day later on December 28.
Severely criticising the BJP for making changes in the schedule, state Congress vice-president Tapas Dey, while talking to EastMojo, said that the state government had to change the schedule following the poll “debacle” of the BJP in three states.
“Following the poll debacle in three politically important states of the country, the BJP now feels that the party should take out some time to strengthen its base,” the Congress leader alleged, adding: “Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has influenced the election machinery and that is why, the rescheduling of the poll dates has been made a day after the announcement of the election results of the state assemblies of various states.”
The CPI-M has also criticised the EC’s decision to reschedule the dates without calling an all-party meeting. “It’s really unfortunate that before taking the decision, the authorities concerned neither called an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, nor sent any notice to the political parties concerned in this regard,” sources in the CPI-M added.
However, refuting the allegations, state BJP chief spokesperson Dr Ashok Sinha said that India is a democratic country and everyone is free to speak about anything. “But in municipal elections, people will look into the performance of the councilors, but not the assembly results of other states,” Sinha added.
Earlier, during the Winter Session of the state assembly, an MLA had requested the state chief minister to write to the State Election Commission to change the date of elections for 10 municipalities of the state. As per the MLA, a ‘Satsang Ashram” will be held on December 22 and 23 where people from various parts of the state will gather in Agartala in large numbers during those two days. In response to the letter, the CM had assured the MLA of taking up the issue with the State Election Commission.