Left to intensify demand for review of EC's powers

The CPI-M, which is also unhappy with EC over the OoP issue, will discuss the matter in next session of Parliament.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 15:08 IST

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which has been at loggerheads with the Election Commission, is all set to intensify its demand for a review of the poll panel's powers.

The CPI-M, which along with three other Left parties supports Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's multi-party government from outside, will press for a discussion on the powers given to the Election Commission in the next session of the Parliament.

"The party will release a document in which we will specify our demands and views on the issue," senior CPI-M leader Nilotpal Basu said.

The CPI-M had criticised the Election Commission's decision to hold April-May Assembly elections in the party-ruled states of West Bengal and Kerala in multiple phases, while Tamil Nadu, which is almost thrice the geographical size of Kerala, had a one-day election.

The party won both states with a landslide majority.

The CPI-M was also angry with the Election Commission over the office of profit controversy.

It criticised the poll panel for posting on its website complaints against CPI-M MPs, including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, on grounds of holding offices of profit.

The party had written to President APJ Abdul Kalam on the issue.

First Published: Aug 30, 2006 14:14 IST