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CPI(M) cries foul over BJP campaign booklet for using governor’s picture

The ruling party sought clarification from the poll panel on the governor Tathagata Roy’s role in politics.

Tripura Elections 2018 Updated: Feb 09, 2018 15:38 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
The ruling CPI (M) in Tripura lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over publication of a picture of governor Tathagata Roy with other party leaders  in a  BJP campaign booklet
The ruling CPI (M) in Tripura lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over publication of a picture of governor Tathagata Roy with other party leaders in a BJP campaign booklet(HT Photo )

After complaining about a movie earlier, the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over publication of a picture of governor Tathagata Roy in a BJP campaign booklet.

The party said the poll panel should inform President Ramnath Kovind about the development and seek clarification on the “governor’s role in politics.”

“The governor might had been associated with a political party before he assumed the post of a governor of a state. But after holding a constitutional post, he should refrain himself from electoral politics,” said CPI (M) Secretary Bijan Dhar.

The booklet titled - “Saptam Betan Commission Keno Chai” ( Why do we want Seventh Pay Commission) , contained Roy’s picture with other state BJP leaders in the front page.

Dhar demanded of the EC to ban the booklet and seize all the copies distributed among people.

He also alleged more than 100 activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological fountainhead of the BJP, from outside the state are camping in the poll-bound state, though they are not taking part in the campaigning.

“These persons might have criminal records and pose threat to peaceful elections. We requested the Election Commission to look into the matter seriously,” he said.

Polling will be held in the northeastern state on February 18.

The BJP said the picture has nothing to do with politics and that it was clicked when a party delegation submitted a memorandum to the governor prior to poll announcement.

“The BJP struggled a lot for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in Tripura. The picture in question was pertaining to a memorandum we had submitted to the governor before declaration of elections,” said BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb.

The CPI(M) had earlier filed a complaint with the EC about a Hindi movie-- Lal Sarkar-- alleging that it depicts rapes and murders and brands its party workers as the perpetrators.

“The movie’s trailer is a BJP conspiracy to malign the CPI(M). It has no relation with facts,” said CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar.

“We complained to the Election Commission to take steps to stop such campaigning and take action against them for using this video for electoral gains,” added Dhar.

The Left Front headed by chief minister Manik Sarkar and the BJP have also been trading charges over a book, Manik Rajar Deshe. The book talks of inefficiency and corruption in the Sarkar-led government, which has been in power since 1998.