THE Madras High Court on April 27, has ordered the transfer of Madurai District Collector, an Assistant Returning Officer, Personal Assistant (General) to the Collector and the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) and others involved for the breach of security, on a petition filed by CPI(M) candidate Su Venkatesan.
THE Left parties in Bihar are contesting the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha in a concerted manner. On the focal slogan of defeat BJP, increase the strength of Left and ensure a secular government at the centre, the Left is campaigning for its candidates in Bihar.
In a meet the press programme held in Calcutta Press Club on April 27, Surjya Kanta Misra, secretary of the CPI(M), West Bengal state committee, said, ‘Everyday TMC is now taking a roll call of its MLA’s to find out, how many are left, and how many have gone to BJP. But this roll calling will not save the party. Soon the entire TMC will be transformed to BJP, as it happened in Tripura.’
PEOPLE all over the West Tripura parliamentary seat came out to demand countermanding the poll held on April 11 and hold a fresh poll. At the call of the Left Front, protest marches and dharnas were organised in different subdivisions falling under the constituency.
As is separately reported in this very issue of People’s Democracy, the CPI(M) has met the Election Commission of India and demanded the same, citing major and widespread irregularities on the day of poll.
PEOPLE in the East Tripura parliamentary constituency exercised their voting rights in large numbers on April 23 despite attempts by goons of the ruling BJP to intimidate them. Polling in the constituency was deferred from April 18 to April 23 as the prevailing law-and-order situation there, was not conducive for holding free and fair poll. In the first phase polling in West Tripura seat on April 11, there were reports of largescale violence and booth capturing.
VOTING to all the twenty constituencies in Kerala was held on April 23. There was a record polling percentage and without any untoward incident reported, the voting passed off peacefully. A high, 77.68 per cent polling was registered in the state, which is higher than the last Lok Sabha elections (74.04 per cent) in 2014.
The filing of nomination paper of Amra Ram, CPI(M) candidate from Sikar was held on April 15 at Sikar. Thousands of women and men coming from different shades of life, representing organisations of kisans, youth, workers women etc., joined Amra Ram in his nomination exercise. Vasudev, and Badal Saroj, former CPI(M) state secretaries of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states’ respectively, joined the ‘nomination march’. Phul Chand Barbar, M S Meel, Harfool Bajian, Subhash Nehra, Ramratan Bagria, Qayum Quereishi from the CPI(M) and other leaders of CPI and CPI(ML) were also present.
The CPI(M) nominee from Mandi parliamentary seat in Himachal Pradesh , Daleep Kaith, filed his nomination paper on April 23. Thousands of people representing 17 assembly segments of the parliamentary constituency joined the procession that started from the Padal ground to Seri Manch, where a public meeting was held.
Mandi parliamentary constituency is the second largest segment in the country. It encompasses tribal regions, which are also the two largest districts of the state, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur.
THE election campaign of CPI(M) Central Committee member, former AIKS state president and one of the outstanding leaders of the two Kisan Long Marches, J P Gavit, MLA, for the Dindori (ST) Lok Sabha seat, is now in full swing. It began on April 4, 2019 with a massive 25,000-strong public meeting at Chandwad that was addressed by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury (reported earlier in these columns). The voting is on April 29.
ON APRIL 8, Ajay Kumar, the CPI(M) candidate filed his nomination paper from the Ujiarpur parliamentary seat. Thousands of people gathered on that day in support of the CPI(M) candidate at the district collectorate. Hannan Mollah , CPI(M) Polit Bureau member was also present.
A ‘nomination march’ was organised from the Government Middle School campus to the collectorate in which thousands of people carrying red flags , bearing the scorching sun and the heat marched raising slogans in favour of CPI(M) and the candidate.