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Mukul Roy on dharna demanding repoll in 315 booths

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 12 2019 8:27PM
Mukul Roy on dharna demanding repoll in 315 booths
Kolkata, Apr.12 (HS): In an interesting development, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and some other party leaders sat on a ''dharna'' at the Election Commission office here this afternoon demanding repoll in as many as 315 booths in Coochbegar following yesterday''s violence and other electoral mal practices there,while state BJP President has expressed his satisfaction at the overall polling percentage. Demanding immediate order for repolling in altogether 315 booths mostly in Dinhata, Silatkuchi and Stai areas of Coochbehar, the bordering North Bengal district, which witnessed large scale violence and disruption in the poll process like booth jamming and alleged false voting by ruling party workers, Mukul Roy, Jayprakash Mazumdar and several other senior state party leaders sat on the floor in a dharna this afternoon in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab. ''We shall continue our protest unless the commission intervened directly and order repoll'', Roy said and refused to withdraw despite repeated appeals by the CEO and other officials. Last night BJP candidarte for Coochbehar seat Nisith Pramanik also sat on a similar dharna at the District Magistrate''s office in Coochbehar town on similar demand. Meanwhile, BJP West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh has expressed satisfaction at over 82 per cent polling in yesterday elections in both Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats despite reports of violence and disruption in some areas. ''We were prepared to protest and take action whenever there was violence and attempts to prevent voters from coming to the polling booths to cast their ballots'',he said and refused to pay any credence to comments made by Trinamool Congress Coochbehar District President and North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh blaming BJP for creating trouble in several booths.Interestingly,he too demanded repolling in a number of booths in the district. However, special Police Observer of EC Vivek Dube also expressed satisfaction at the ''by and large peaceful'' conduct of poll in the state yesterday. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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