Agartala: A delegation of the Left Front called upon Tripura’s chief electoral officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and the observer of the Badharghat assembly constituency with a charter of demands on Tuesday.
Speaking with reporters, West Tripura district committee secretary Pabitra Kar said that they met the observer and the CEO to place a memorandum demanding complete webcasting on September 23 for the by-elections in the 71 polling stations across Badharghat assembly constituency.
“The poll campaigns are going on smoothly but there is a sense of threat from the bike army and a section of miscreants backed by the ruling BJP are moving in the night hours. There is an internal threat to the CPI-M party supporters,” Kar said.
We have demanded the election commission to restrict the entry of MLAs in the last 48 hours’ time period and movement of bikers and outsiders in the constituency. We have also urged to increase the presence of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the areas, he added.
“We have asked for 100% webcasting in the polling stations, but we have been told that the ECI has directed to do full videography,” he added.
“The observer and the CEO have assured us to take up the matter with the higher authorities and do the needful to ensure that free and fair elections are held in the state,” Kar said.
A mass rally is also going to be organised on September 20, and the opposition leader and former chief minister Manik Sarkar will address the gathering in support of the Left Front candidate Bulti Biswas.