Within hours after the announcement of the election to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), the CPI (M) and the Christians have raised objection to the decision to hold the election on April 4.
The Tripura State Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) election would be held on April 4, 2021.
But raising objection to hold the election on April 4, the CPI (M) and the Christian community said April 4 is Easter Sunday which is an auspicious day for the Christen community people.
CPI (M) leader and former MP Jitendra Choudhury came down heavily on the State Election Commission for choosing April 4 as the voting day.
Choudhury sought a review of the decision to hold the election to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.
Choudhury wrote on his Facebook page: “India is a secular country; we respect all faiths with equal dignity. 4th April is Easter Sunday, a very special day for Christians. State Election Commission should not have chosen the date for ADC polling”.
The CPI (M) leader is of the view that there is a large number of Christians in Tripura and keeping this in mind, the State Election Commission should not have chosen April 4 as the day of ADC election because it will impact the turn-out of voters belonging to the Christian faith.
The Christian community of Tripura has also expressed their disappointment over the State Election Commission’s decision to hold the ADC election on Easter Sunday.
In a press statement, the spokesperson of the Diocese of Agartala said: “Representatives of the Christian community met on Wednesday and expressed their disappointment and shock at the date of the general elections to TTAADC, announced on March 2.”
A letter to the State Election Commissioner was in this regard sent by Bishop of Agartala Diocese, Fr Lumen Monterio.
According to the State Election Commission, the counting of votes will take place on April 8, 2021.