FIR has been registered against two Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members for bringing university students to PM Narendra Modi’s rally on November 16 in Shahdol. Confirming the action taken, Chief Electoral Officer, VL Kantha Rao told media on Monday that the commission took cognisance of media report in which some students in uniforms were seen present at PM Modi’s rally. The inquiry into the incident revealed that some ABVP workers have brought the students without informing the university authorities. ‘FIR has been lodged against two ABVP members in this case,’ said Rao.
Replying to a question, Rao said that the Commission has taken cognisance of deployment of students in election campaigning. Three FIRs have been lodged for bringing children in political rallies, one each in Bhopal, Sehore and Indore.
The CEO also confirmed that Jan Abhiyan Parishad staff is under constant surveillance and not allowed to move without informing administrative authorities. Rao said appropriate arrangement have been made for postal ballot for 6.25 lakh service voters including the police and staff deployed on election duty. The number of service voters in previous election was 2.5 lakh.
Sugamya app for pregnant women also
CEO Rao said that now pregnant women and new mothers too could register at Sugamya mobile app of the election commission and avail ‘pick and drop’ facility provided by the Commission. Earlier the mobile app was meant only for the specially able voters. Voters using this app could ask for convince to and fro polling booth. They also have liberty to get a straight entry to polling booth jumping the queue. Rao told media that more than 80,000 people have registered with this mobile app till date.