The opposition Congress in Tripura on Saturday threatened to move the Supreme Court if re-poll is not ordered in at least 850 polling stations of the total 1679 in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held on April 11. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
Opposition parties like the Congress and the CPI(M) have alleged large scale rigging by the ruling BJP in West Tripura seat and demanded repoll in many booths. Also Read - 'Unfortunate', Rahul Gandhi Disapproves of Kamal Nath's 'Item' Remark Against BJP Candidate
“We have information from reliable sources that the EC is under pressure from the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order re-poll in only a few polling stations,” state Congress vice-president Pijush Biswas told a press conference in Agartala. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
“If the EC succumbs to the pressure and declare re-poll in less than 850 polling stations, we will file a case in the Supreme court,” he said.
To a question, Biswas said the party has observed that EC has not taken any action so far on any complaint filed against the prime minister.
The Congress leader said the party had earlier made specific complaints that more than 850 polling booths were rigged and demanded fresh poll in the constituency.
When contacted, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said, “The complaints are fictitious and baseless. I am surprised to hear that even the PM could put pressure on the EC. They have gone mad sensing their sure defeat.”
After the election in West Tripura, the EC had postponed polling in East Tripura, the other Lok Sabha seat in the state, from April 18 to April 23 saying “The law and order situation prevailing… is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll”.