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Lok Sabha Elections HIGHLIGHTS: Citing security concerns, voting in East Tripura deferred to April 23

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2019 1:10:12 am
Election commission, EC disciplinary control, how EC works, EC disciplinary control over poll machinery, mamata banerjee, mamata banerjee writes to ec, eelection news, west bengal news, elections in west bengal, Lok Sabha Elections 2019, elections 2019, general elections 2019, elections news, decision news, indian express A notification from the Election Commission of India said reports received from Tripura CEO and Special Police Observer indicated law and order situation prevailing in East Tripura Parliamentary constituency is “not conducive” to hold free and fair poll in the constituency on April 18.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019:  Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

Speaking to reporters in a late-night briefing, CEO Taranikanti said the Election Commission has deferred polling at East Tripura constituency in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on security grounds. The voting would now be held on April 23, and the state electoral authority has been instructed to ensure proper security conditions to build confidence among the voters.

“Everyone saw what happened during polling on April 11. I have travelled different districts. I have seen videos where activities were seen which were against the rules of Election Commission of India. We have forwarded those details to the Election Commission as well. We hope to develop law and order situation conducive for holding the elections April 23,” the CEO added.

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The notification informed that Special Police Observer from Tripura has recommended deferring the poll which was earlier scheduled to be helfd on the April 18.

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An hour after the Election Commission of India deferred Lok Sabha polls at East Tripura seat to April 23 citing security reasons, a late night order from the Election Commission on Tuesday transferred Additional Director General (Law & Order) of Tripura Police Rajiv Singh due to incidents of law and failure under his command which were reported to the Commission in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections in Tripura.

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East Tripura: Citing security concerns, Election Commission defers voting to April 23

Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 on security grounds, Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti stated Tuesday. The Election Commission also urged the authorities to improve the law and order situation in the state.

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Speaking to reporters in a late-night briefing, CEO Taranikanti said the Election Commission has deferred polling at East Tripura constituency in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on security grounds. The voting would now be held on April 23, and the state electoral authority has been instructed to ensure proper security conditions to build confidence among the voters.

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Though Kumar, a political strongman, is well-known in the area, he is unsure about his re-election. "The election is going to be difficult," Kumar told PTI on the phone as he is busy campaigning in interior areas of the constituency. "The fragmentation of Muslim votes has not happened. The election has become Congress versus BJP," he added, saying that his party would win with a better margin.

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The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.

"I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance," Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters.

(PTI)

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Manik Sarkar appeals voters to avenge alleged poll-rigging while voting in second phase

Former Tripura chief minister and CPI (M) politburo member Manik Sarkar Tuesday urged voters to avenge an alleged poll-rigging held in West Tripura Lok Sabha seat during polling hours on April 11 while voting at East Tripura constituency on Thursday. He also asked them to stand firm against any attack.

“Avenge what was done on poll day in West Tripura seat. Don’t look out for police personnel. If attackers come in front of you, look them in the eyes. They will not find space to run away. Stand firm and stand determined. All voters are preparing themselves in this way in all booth areas (in East Tripura constituency),” Sarkar said at the sit-in-demonstration while reiterating the appeal to resist attacks.

He further said that holding a free and fair Lok Sabha election on April 18 would be an ‘acid test’ for the Election Commission. “It will be an acid test for them (EC). If people lose faith, everyone will face trouble,” Sarkar said. Read more

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Rahul Gandhi: Cong believes in allowing people to express faith

With the BJP led NDA trying to turn the Sabarimala issue into a major poll plank, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said his party believes in allowing people to express their faith and sentiments and never stop them from "genuinely" expressing their belief.

Addressing a massive poll rally in Pathanamthitta, where the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is located, Gandhi said his party wants an India "where people can express what is there inside their heart as long as those expressions are peaceful and non-violent".

However, he was cautious not to mention the name of Lord Ayyappa or the recent agitations witnessed by the state against the entry of young women there.

"The Congress party believes in allowing all people t express their faith, express their beliefs and express thei sentiments," Gandhi said

"But the Congress will never take an action that stop people from genuinely expressing their faith," he said, addin that he leaves the matter to the "wisdom of the people of th state."

(PTI)

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First published on: 16-04-2019 at 09:43:09 am