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Biman cautions EC against possible repolling for higher turnout

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Apr 15 (UNI) Left Front Chairman Biman Bose today virtually cautioned the Election Commission (EC) against any possible step like repolling in case of very heavy turnout in any booth in the coming Assembly elections.

'' If the Election Commission decides to order repolling in any booth, which records over 85 per cent votes, the electorate would come out with more vengeance in the repolling and cast more than 87 per cent votes as a mark of their protest against the EC directive, '' Mr Bose said replying to a query in a Meet-the-Press programme of Kolkata Press Club here.

'' Casting of over 80 to 85 per cent votes in any booth does not call for any suspicion in any quarter about false voting as alleged by the Opposition during the last Lok Sabha elections in the state in 2004, '' the Left Front Chairman said quoting from his personal experiences in many previous occasions.

He said the voter's tremendous urge to exercise their rights to franchise was the prime reason for such heavy to very heavy turnout in many a polling booths in the state.

'' There is no abnormality in heavy turnout of voters anywhere as it is in tune with the state's long tradition of exercising their franchise, '' he pointed out.

But, he said in case the EC found some other reasons for this and orders repolling, the electorate would give them a fitting reply with much higher turnout in the day of repolling. '' Even some Opposition votes might also be cast in our favour as a mark of protest, '' Mr Bose opined.

Asked to comment on the total number of seats, the Front was expecting in the 294-member House, Mr Bose refusing to draw himself in any ''number game'' claimed that the ruling Front was poised to secure more than 50 per cent seats, leaving the hopes of the entire combined Opposition tottering.

Terming the alleged vote boycott call of the Maoist guerillas in three South Bengal districts during Monday's first phase polling as ''nothing but a media hype'', Mr Bose iterated that the electorate were matured enough to ward off such vote boycott call.

He also lambasted the Opposition Trinamool Congress-BJP combine and the Congress for trying to create a ''chaotic situation'' in the Maoist-dominated districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.

It would certainly not serve their purpose and boomerang on them, he said and alleged that most of the Opposition workers in these areas worked clandestinely for the guerillas under the cover of darkness.


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