Amidst all the hustle and bustle for the Panchayat Polls in Tripura, the opposition parties CPI-M and Congress have come out together to urge the Tripura State Election Commission for deferring the September 30 Panchayat Polls. The opposition parties are of this opinion that there is "no democratic atmosphere" in the state currently for free and fair local bodies' elections and hence, there is no use of
In support to the request set by the opposition parties, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) district secretary Pabitra Kar led a group of its members and held a demonstration in front of the State Election Commission office. A similar demonstration like this has already been held by Congress on Friday.
But as expected, the ruling alliance party in Tripura Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the charges of the opposition parties. BJP spokesman Mrinal Kanti Deb said, "There is no law and order problem in Tripura now. CPI-M leaders must see their faces in the mirror about what they did during their 25-year rule."
The mud throwing game has already geared up in the state and the opposition and ruling parties are found to have gone a long way in that. Speaking in reply to what the BJP Secretary said, CPI-M Tripura state secretary Bijan Dhar replied that "BJP backed anti-social elements have unleashed a reign of terror all over the state to prevent opposition parties from contesting the elections" ever since the notification of panchayat elections has been issued.
Dhar also added, "The situation is not conducive for free and fair polls. So, the process of the panchayat elections must be deferred. All candidates should be given adequate security."
Supporting the statements made by the CPI-M state secretary, Tripura Pradesh Congress President Birajit Sinha too stated something similar statement in a press conference. According to Sinha, the BJP workers have not only attacked the opposition party members but the members of its alliance party IPFT as well.