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Opposition seeks fresh polling for Tripura West seat

IANS  |  Agartala 

The opposition and CPI-M sought directions from the to hold fresh polling for the seat, although the constituency has already gone to the polls twice, party officials said on Wednesday.

Re-polling was held on May 12 in 168 of the total 1,679 polling stations in the constituency as electoral malpractices were detected during the first round of voting held on April 11.

The sitting MP and party candidate Sankar said that their lawyers on the advice of the vacation bench, on Wednesday filed a writ petition in the

"Accordingly the writ petition was filed in the Tripura High Court, which is yet to give a date of hearing for the case," Datta told the media here.

Tripura Pradesh Vice-and senior lawyer told IANS here that the writ petition, which was filed in the apex Court on Tuesday, sought fresh polling in 433 of the 1,679 polling stations.

State said that despite the to the seat in his report to the (EC) had admitted that the election process was vitiated in 433 booths, re-polling was held in only 168 stations.

"A team of senior lawyers led by senior Congress are doing the legal process to seek a direction from the apex court against the EC's unjustified decision," Debbarman told IANS over the phone.

The CPI-M and the Congress have been agitating for re-polling after they alleged large-scale rigging, booth capturing, intimidation and attacks by the ruling activists on April 11.

The BJP, however, has dismissed the allegations.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 15:48 IST
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