Speaker rejects Left motion on panchayat poll malpractices

The CPM Monday staged a brief walk out of the Assembly after Speaker Biman Banerjee refused to allow an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition party.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 27, 2013 2:48 am

The CPM Monday staged a brief walk out of the Assembly after Speaker Biman Banerjee refused to allow an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition party.

The Left Front members led by Leader of the Opposition Suryakanta Mishra moved an adjournment motion demanding discussion on coercion and intimidation by the ruling party during the counting of the recently concluded Panchayat elections in the state and also during the elections to form local bodies at gram panchayat,panchayat samiti and zilla parishad level.

The Speaker rejected the motion and only allowed Mishra to read it out.

In protest,the Left members walked out of the House for a brief period.

Later,talking to the media outside the House,Mishra alleged that the TMC won one-third of seats in the panchayat polls by using threat and intimidation.

“We have heard that re-polls are held after polling but have never come across a situation where re-polling is held even after the counting is over,” Mishra said.

He alleged that since the number of votes cast in the ballot boxes did not match the results,ballot papers were being printed afresh to make up for the difference.

“We will not be able to provide the evidences required to establish the allegations,but the fact that the State Election commission has still not been able to upload the results on its website is a clear evidence,” he said.

He alleged that the TMC won about 6,000 seats without any contest “as they did not allow our candidates to file nomination papers” and another 6,000 candidates who filed nomination papers were forced to withdraw. “The election was a farce,” he added.

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