Bhopal: Election Commission prohibits Jan Abhiyan Parishad’s meetings

Election Commission on Monday recommended the government to ensure that Jan Abhiyan Parishad do not participate in any political activity in the state. It also prohibited the Parishad from holding any meeting anywhere in the state. The commission has also recommended termination of Parishad’s convener and suspension of another mentor.

Chief electoral officer, VL Kantha Rao said that the commission had written a letter to the government instructing it to keep a keen eye on all activities of Jan Abhiyan Parishad so that they do not participate in any political activity. It has also prohibited the Parishad from holding any meeting anywhere across the state.

The action was taken after Parishad’s district coordinator of Panna, Sushil Barman was caught with BJP’s election campaign material in his car recently. Reports suggest that the police didn’t register the case against and let him go. Later after complaint by the Congress, the district collector intervened in the matter and suspended one sub-inspector and three constables. FIR was lodged against the coordinator of Jan Abhiyan Parishad.

In another incident, mentor of Jan Abhiyan Parishad of Hoshangabad district, Harsh Tiwari was found campaigning for the BJP in villages. FIR has also been registered against him and a recommendation of his suspension has been sent to the government.

Jan Abihyan Parishad is state government’s autonomous body and is chaired by the CM. Hundreds of parishad’s workers were regularised just before election. The Parishad has been accused of for working in favour of a particular ideology and party.

No mobile connectivity at 1776 poll centres
CEO VL Kantha Rao said that 1776 polling stations fall under shadow area where there is no mobile connectivity. “Election is under talks with the Jio company to provide mobile network. However, police wireless sets would be used there for communication,” said Rao. Replying to a question, Rao said that till date more than Rs 11 crore has been seized across the state out of which 17 cases have been handed over to the income tax officials as the amount was more than Rs 10 lakh.

More than two hundred vehicles of Meera Yadav’s cavalcade seized
In a big action district administration of Tikamgarh seized more than 230 vehicles from cavalcade of Meera Yadav- the Samajwadi Party candidate from Niwari. The SP candidate had gone to file nomination from Niwari seat with a cavalcade of about 300 vehicles. As soon as the administration got report about the cavalcade, district administration swung into action and seized the vehicles.

Collector Tikamgarh, Abhijit Agarwal said that the administration was still counting the number of vehicles. ‘As of now 230 vehicles have been counted, which is still on,’ said Agarwal. However, Meera Yadav went ahead and filed her nomination with the authorities. Samajwadi Party spokesperson, Yash Yadav said that ministers like Gopal Bhargava too practice the same thing but no action is taken against them. The action taken by district administration is biased and party would complain against it with Election Commission.

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