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Day before counting, Left worried about ‘Trinamool manipulation’

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Polling personnel, during a training session at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, one of the venues for counting of votes on Thursday.  ( Source : Express photo by Partha Paul ) Polling personnel, during a training session at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, one of the venues for counting of votes on Thursday. ( Source : Express photo by Partha Paul )

A day ahead of the counting for the Lok Sabha elections, an apprehensive Left Front chairman Biman Bose expressed concern and doubts over the counting process. Demanding deployment of central police force at every counting centre, Bose said the Trinamool Congress “can do everything possible to get certain number of seats”.

“We have information that the TMC leaders are holding meetings today. They have decided to get certain number of seats which they have to get according to their leaders’ calculations. They will try to achieve the numbers by hook or by crook. We are afraid that the party will manipulate the counting system. They can do anything and everything to get the numbers,” Bose alleged.

He added: “We saw how the special observers did not perform their duties during the elections. Our polling agents were not allowed inside the booths. We are apprehensive that they might not allow our counting agents inside the counting centres now. Some of the police officials are acting as TMC workers.”

Meanwhile, five candidates of CPM, fielded in North 24 Parganas, on Thursday held a press conference to claim that the “elections in the district did not take place”.

“There were some areas (in the district) where voting did not take place. Most of the booths were captured and we were not allowed inside (the booths). The observers were silent spectators,” said Nurul Hooda, CPM’s candidate from the district.

Subhashini Ali, CPM candidate from Barrackpore, alleged that the “Election Commission could not control the situation in Bijpur and police officials acted like TMC workers”.

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