BJP accuses CPI(M) of spreading rumours in Tripura; moves EC

New Delhi, Feb 16: The BJP approached the Election Commission, alleging that the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura was spreading rumours that their workers would be able to assess who voted for them in the state elections.

In a memorandum it submitted to the EC here yesterday, the BJP stated that going by past several elections in the state, the CPI(M) had indulged in "mass-scale rigging" and "subverted with impunity the electoral processes by spreading rumours, intimidating voters and unleashing violence".

According to the alleged rumours, if someone votes for the BJP, the sound from the EVM would be louder and also there would be cameras in every polling booth through which the Left party workers would be able to keep a watch on the polling process, it said.

The BJP claimed in the memorandum that these rumours have gained currency in the state.

The party also alleged that the Chief Election Officer did not carry out any campaign on educating the voters about the VVPAT machines and several other issues to instill confidence among voters.

In an another memorandum, the BJP claimed that a top police official in Meghalaya along with other senior officers was campaigning for the ruling Congress.

It also alleged that militancy had raised its head again in the Garo hills from where the incumbent chief minister was contesting.

The party said that in both the states general and police observers must be visible and more effective in handling of complaints and providing immediate and instant relief.

It also sought that the observer should be available at duly notified places and time so that candidates, election agents and other party functionaries can meet and present their complaints.