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CPM demands re-poll in Nandigram

CPM state secretary Biman Bose has demanded re-polling in 20 booths of the Nandigram Assembly constituency,alleging that the elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: January 7, 2009 1:07:26 am

CPM state secretary Biman Bose has demanded re-polling in 20 booths of the Nandigram Assembly constituency,alleging that the elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.

“In one village,Trinamool supporters snatched the voter identity cards of over 1,000 villagers. So we have demanded a repolling in 20 booths,” Bose told mediapersons on Tuesday. He added that in 53 booths political workers were not allowed to work.

The Election Commission has,however,promptly turned down the CPM’s request and reiterated that the elections were peaceful.

District Magistrate of East Midnapore and returning officer of EC,Choten Dhendhup Lama,said: “We have received complaints. However,polls were peaceful,free and fair. We do not think we can consider a repoll.”

Meanwhile,CPM sources said that according to the report sent by the district party office,there were stray clashes in Nandigram during the polls. “Trinamool goons have carried out a veiled terror campaign,” said Bose.

According to CPM sources,a sizeable section of party cadres,who had switched sides during the resistance movement against land acquisition in Nandigram,are still with the Trinamool. This is prompting the other party cadres to desist from undertaking political work at the grassroots level in villages in Nandigram.

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