Bhopal: CEC held a one to one meeting with the representative of all political parties, in Bhopal on Tuesday. The opposition political parties have asked the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat to prevent the RSS involvements in the election process.

Opposition parties including Congress, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India Marxists the issue of RSS workers who are involved in the election process. Congress leader Suresh Pachori informed CEC that the block level officer (BLO) is working like an agent of the BJP and RSS, “They are deleting the names of Congress voters and adding the names of their dear ones”.

CPI (M) leader Jasvinder Singh informed that the RSS is mounting pressure on government employees and these employees. Not just this he said that the government employees are also participating in the programmes held by RSS. BJP have demanded that the voters slip shall be sent on the registered mobile numbers of the voters.

While talking to media revenue minister Umashankar Gupta informed that booth agent expenditure shall be given by Election Commission of India (ECI), not by the political parties. The representatives of the opposition parties demanded that ECI shall prepare such software which can identify double entry of voters, “Like the name of Congress leader is present in Indore and Dewas voter list.”

They also demanded that the last date of final draft of the electoral rolls be extended. Opposition leaders raised the issue of 24 lakh voters’ names being deleted from the list. They stated that since long the party has been raising the issue of the presence of 60 lakh fake voters in MP.

They also raised the issue 11 lakh names added into the voters list. They urged the ECI to improve the accountability of addition and deletion of names from the voters list, “Under the Representative Act the officials shall be made responsible for their work, if they are guilty of any wrong doing then they shall be charged”.

Aam Admi Party state coordinator Alok Agarwal demanded that 20 percent VVPAT slips be counted with the casted votes and the time of reference for the VVPAT slip vision shall be increased to 15 seconds. CEC is on two day tour to the state to review the assembly election preparations.

Implement ECI’s order

Congress leader Suresh Pachori informed that they had demanded CEC to implement ECI’s orders dated May 21, 2018. The order stated that officials who were involved in 2013 elections and in other by-elections shall not be given the responsibility of upcoming assembly elections.

Jan ashirwad yatra and CM house

The representatives of the opposition parties asked CEC to take cognisance of the jan ashirwad yatra of CM, “The government is bearing the expenditure of the yatra which is totally political.” They also demanded that election be conducted using ballot paper. Congress leader JP Dhanopia asked the CEC to check the activities going in the CM House, “CM House had become the centre of the BJP’s working. CM House represents the state government and no political activities should be carried out through it.”

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