CPM demands repoll in 40 booths

The CPM on Wednesday accused Trinamool Congress of resorting to electoral malpractice and demanded repoll in 40 booths of North 24 Parganas district.

The party alleged that in these booths - 22 in in Bijpur and 18 in Haroa - Trinamool workers intimidated polling agents of CPM candidates and did not let them work in peace.

"Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said that of the 179 seats that went to polls, she would win between 160 and 170. At the same time she alleged that the CPM resorted to rigging. This means that Trinamool itself resorted to rigging. Otherwise why should the Trinamool chief make such tall claims?'' CPM state secretary Biman Bose said today.

Bose, who gave an account of a series of incidents in which CPM candidates allegedly faced trouble, also lashed out at former chief secretary (CS) Manish Gupta. Gupta is contesting against Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Jadavpur constituency.

"We know how Gupta got the ticket. He used to write under a pseudonym in Bengali and from there he rose and gradually got the ticket. He behaves as if he is still the DM or CS. After May 13 (when the result will be declared), he will understand the difference between running an administration and active politics," he said.

Gupta, on the other hand, alleged that hordes of CPM supporters tried to enter two booths at Jadavpur, disrupting the poll process. Bose also accused Mamata of vitiating the atmosphere of the state. "At a rally in Kolkata, Mamata said she controlled goondas. It is dangerous. She is trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the state,'' he said. ENS

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