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BJP demands sealing of Bangla border before Tripura polls
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Nov 24 - Ahead of the Assembly elections in Tripura scheduled next year, BJP on Friday demanded that the international border with Bangladesh should be sealed immediately to prevent illegal Bangladeshis from sneaking into the State to vote.

A delegation of BJP today met the full Bench of Election Commission of India to demand free and fair election in the State.

The BJP team included MP and BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Tripura in-charge Sunil Deodhar, and spokesperson and convener, Election Committee of BJP Tripura Dr Ashok Sinha.

The team demanded that the international border of the State should be sealed completely well in advance before the elections to avoid polling by Bangladeshi citizens holding Indian EPIC.

Keeping in view the past experiences, the delegation said they have requested EC to order along with Special Purpose Regulatory Audit, an intensive revision of the Electoral Rolls.

Briefing newsmen, Sunil Deodhar said, the last intensive revision of rolls in Tripura was carried out in 2004. Since then no such activity has been carried out. A lot of irregularities have perpetuated or perpetrated the electoral rolls, he alleged.

Election Commission has decided to use EVM with VVPAT in Tripura. That’ll allay the fear in the minds of people that EVMs are manipulated. The use of EVM with VVPAT should be publicised widely by Election Commission so that there is no confusion or fear in the minds of people in the face of counter propaganda, said Deodhar.

People are already being misled by CPI-M which has launched a campaign claiming that that they would have to bring the receipt to show it to CPIM once they come out of the booth since it would reveal the party they have voted for.

Election Commission heard the delegation very patiently and assured the delegation that every possible step would be taken to ensure free and fair polls in Tripura, Deodhar claimed.

About the political scenario, Deodhar claimed that BJP is ready to checkmate CPI-M, as it has built up a strong base. The micro-management is thorough and we have appointed 3,010 booth committee of the total 3,170 booths in the State, he added.

Stating all anti-CPI-M parties barring Congress would be approached to join NDA, Deodhar said since both Congress and Trinamool Congress have joined hands to defeat BJP in West Bengal, they would not like to form any alliance with them.

Meanwhile, the BJP delegation also met Union Minister for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh and submitted a memorandum urging the Prime Minister to look into the law and order issue of Tripura and seek a detailed report from the State Government in the killing of journalists Shantanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik.

The law and order situation in Tripura has deteriorated to such an extent that even the media is under serious threat, the BJP said.

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