Tripura HC stays CPI-M's petition of demand for re-poll

AGARTALA:

The Tripura High Court on Tuesday stayed the writ petition of CPI-M candidate for West Tripura Parliamentary constituency Sankar Prasad Dutta which demanded for re-poll in the entire West constituency for Lok Sabha. After hearing the case filed by Mr. Dutta following Supreme Court's direction, the single bench of Justice Arindam Lodh Tuesday stayed this petition. 

Mr. Dutta earlier filed the petition with Supreme Court of India seeking urgent hearing of his demand for re-poll. Mr. Dutta demanded for fresh election following massive poll irregularities in West Tripura Parliamentary constituency on April 11. 

The apex court later directed Mr. Dutta to file the petition with the HC prior moving to SC. 

Meantime, the Congress is still stick with its demand for re-poll in a total of 433 polling booths in West. Congress president Pradyot Kishore Dev Burman Tuesday informed that his petition in the SC has been registered. He said, "We want legal action against the poll officials who claimed free and fare election in West which later went wrong after the Election Commission of India declared fresh poll in 168 polling booths."

He also said, "The Congress also wants evidence and clarification on how the ECI opted 168 polling booths for re-poll despite the concerned returning officer and polling observers reported of poll irregularities in more booths."