As per the Election Commission’s (EC) directive, re-polling is currently going on in four booths under Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat. The EC has directed for re-poll in eleven booths in Bengal, where polling was held on April 30.
Of the four booths in Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat, three is in Galsi Assembly constituency (booths 28, 174 and 175) and one in Bhatar Assembly constituency (booth no. 126). The four booths where re-polling has been ordered includes one under Bardhaman (East) Lok Sabha Constituency seats (booth no. 27) in Jamalpur Assembly constituency and three under Bolpur Lok Sabha seat booths (nos. 14, 53 and 40) in Mongalkote and Ausgram Assembly constituency in the district of Bardhaman.
The DM, Bardhaman, Dr Soumitra Mohan said: “All necessary arrangements for the purpose of re-polling have been made on war footing. To make the voters aware, public announcements also were arranged today and the candidates were duly informed.” He said: “Central forces have also been beefed up for the purpose.”
However Bardhaman DM gave no official reason for the EC’s directives on re-polling in these booths.
Earlier the CPI(M) had complained about rigging during the polls on April 30 and following which EC had asked for a detailed report.
The CPI(M) had demanded re-polling in 153 booths in Bardhaman-Durgapur and 142 booths in Bardhaman (east) constituencies bringing charges of booth capturing and rigging by Trinamool Congress supporters. The BJP, leveling similar charges, had demanded re-polling in 70 booths in Bardhaman -Durgapur seat. The parties have reacted sharply to the Election Commission’s decision.
The EC has not cited any reason for the re-polling order. But political observers feel that in most of these booths polling was more than 94% and in many it was 90% by 12 noon on April 30; and this may be the reason for which the EC ordered repolling.