Lok Sabha Polls: CPM Raiganj nominee Mohd Salim writes to Returning Officer; demands repolling at 15 polling Booths

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) Candidate Mohd Salim from Raiganj Parliamentary Seat of West Bengal demanded a repolling on 15 Polling Booths of the parliamentary constituency. In a letter to Returning Officer of the Lok Sabha Seat, CPI(M) Candidate said polling agents have been threatened, voters have been threatened by the armed goons, claimed Salim in a letter.

Sitting MP Mohd Salim is seeking a second term from the parliamentary seat of Raiganj, one a Congress Bastion. Raiganj seat went onto polls yesterday as a part of Phase-II voting.

He further alleged that booth capturing was done in connivance, while central forces in many booths were not found. He further said that polling agents were expelled by the armed goons and the entire polling was done and conducted by armed forces.

He further alleged that in many places presiding Officers were also intimidated, armed goons also threatened voters and even showed voters to whom to vote.

In a letter, sitting MP has demanded repolling on one Polling Station of Raigarh Assembly, one station each in Hemtabad Assembly and Goalpokhar Assembly Seat. Apart from these, CPI(M) demanded repolling on at least 15 Polling Stations in Islamabad Assembly Constituency.

The Sitting MP in a letter also mentioned the No. of the Polling Station for which he demanded repolling.

He further said that he had 5 days before the polling informed the Police Observers of the potential of a complete hijacking of the polling process in booths in Islampur Assembly Seat.

He further said mentioned the incident where his car was attacked by TMC workers in the polling day when he was going to a polling station.’I demand that considering the overall situation in which voting took place and the incidents described here, you put forward an objective report so that ECI can take affirmative action to ensure a fair and successful conclusion to the polling process’.

In the Phase-II of voting several incidents of violence were reported. Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers had severe clashes due to which they slammed various EVMs in the polling booth number 112 in Chopra under Darjeeling constituency.

Sitting MP Mohd Salim is taking on the Congress Candidate Deepa Dasmunsi. While Debasree Chaudhuri has been fielded by BJP in Raiganj. TMC has fielded Kanaialal Agarwal from the Lok Sabha Seat.

General Elections have already begun and would spread across seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Counting of the votes will be held on May 23.

5 Lok Sabha Seats of West Bengal have voted in two rounds of Polling.

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