Trinamool demands partial re-poll in West Bengal

April 30th, 2009 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) West Bengal’s main opposition party Trinamool Congress Thursday demanded re-polling in some booths, alleging manipulation by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
“The CPI-M cadres controlled the entire election machinery in some booths of West Midnapore, Malda, North-Dinajpur and Bishnupur area of Bankura district. We want re-poll in all these polling stations,” Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

She demanded the deployment of micro-observers in the next two phases of general election in the state. Thursday marked the first round of the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

“CPI-M cadres, with the help of the police and district magistrate, rigged the poll at random in Keshpur and Garbeta areas. The district administrations conducted polls only with home guards and deployed the paramilitary forces entirely in Maoist regions,” she said.

She said her party and ally Congress had already sent their complaint to the Central Election Commission.

Banerjee said: “This CPI-M led Left Front government in the state must be sacked. I won’t say that my supporters should take up weapons and fight with the CPI-M.”

“But I would urge the voters to come out of their homes with whatever they have.”

-Indo-Asian News Service

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