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Tripura poll: Left withdraws candidate in Charilam

IANS  |  Agartala 

On the last day of campaigning, the CPI-M-led on Saturday withdrew its candidate from the Charilam assembly constituency claiming "extremely terrible situation" in the tribal dominated areas of "due to massive reign of terror" by the BJP.

The move comes after the poll authorities "remained silent" over the Left's request for postponement of the Charilam poll "until normalcy returned".

Polling could not be held in Charilam on February 18 after the death of the candidate. It was scheduled to be held on March 12.

A CPI-M delegation led by on Saturday visited many post-poll violence hit areas in the state.

"The situation in Charilam assembly constituency is horrifically bad due to excessive reign of terror since the got the majority in the election on Saturday," convener told the media.

Flanked by the leaders of other Left parties, Dhar said: "The leaders of Left parties have apprised the Election Commission in and (CEO) of the Charilam situation on March 8.

"Specific instances of all attacks both on party offices, houses of party members and physical assaults on over 20 party leaders and members along with photographs and videos have been submitted before the poll authorities."

Dhar, also the CPI-M member and party's state secretary, said that party's delegation led by politburo member had met the and other two Election Commissioners in on Thursday and requested them for postponement of election in Charilam till peace and normalcy was restored in the entire state.

Another delegation led by party's member met of Sriram Taranikanti and raised similar demand.

"Both the EC and the had assured that after having ascertained all facts, a decision would be taken about postponement of poll in the violence-hit Charilam. Unfortunately, both the authorities have remained silent," the Left leader stated.

"Today (Saturday) is the last date of campaign in the Charilam areas. It would be a farce if election is to be held here on Monday."

"More than 11 permanent party offices and two district committee offices of CPI-M and RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party) were burnt down, many trade union offices forcibly occupied by BJP-IPFT workers in Charilam area and CPI-M candidate fled from the area to save his life," told the media.

He said around 70 CPI-M leaders' houses were attacked and 20 party leaders physically assaulted by BJP-IPFT workers whereas all 40 election booth offices of CPI-M in Charilam were burnt down.

Tribal based party Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) is the electoral ally of BJP.

Das said several thousand members and workers had been forcibly evicted from Charilam segment.

Tripura's erstwhile royal family's scion Jishnu Debbarma, who was sworn-in as the of the new government on Friday, is the BJP nominee from Charilam.

"We urged the administration and the BJP leadership to take adequate measures to stop these post-poll violence immediately in the entire state," Dhar added.

Dhar said ever since the poll results were declared on March 3, around 400 Left offices and frontal organisations were attacked; 85 party offices burnt down; 315 offices were forcibly occupied, 1,704 houses belonging to Left members and supporters attacked and around 200 houses set on fire.

He claimed that 290 shops owned by Left members and supporters were burnt down, 10 destroyed, over 600 Left members and supporters assaulted badly, 10 vehicles damaged. This had forced thousands of persons to take refuge elsewhere in the state.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 15:00 IST