- Ruling party complains of discrimination; Opposition of inaction
- Ban entry of Ramdev, says Cong; don’t harass traders: BJP
Bhopal: The ruling BJP openly blamed the Election Commission of India ( ECI) of discriminating against it while the rival Congress said the commission should take strong steps in cases of the violation of Model Code of Conduct violation, An ECI high- level team, headed by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath, on Monday, met delegations of different national parties and heard grievances and complaints regarding November polls.
After the meeting both parties’ delegations raised their voice against the implementation of the MCC in their own way. BJP delegation comprising state vice president Raghunandan Sharma, Shantilal Lodha and Brijesh Lunawat, said, the commission should not discriminate between political parties. He said the commission did not take notice on the Congress holding election- related meetings in Parliament annexe and Maharashtra Bhavan but it issued directions on
meetings at chief minister’s residence in Bhopal. Similarly, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh allowed participating in Dussehra function in Delhi but here in MP, BJP MPs and ministers were barred to sit on dais in similar functions.
They said no action was taken on its complaint about Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who allegedly made communal hatred speech in Indore.
The BJP also demanded the commission not to take action against traders carrying cash for business. ” If any political persons are carrying the cash, they must face action but traders should not,” said Lunawat.
The Congress delegation led by MPCC vice president Rameshwar Nikhra, spokesmen JP Dhanopia and Vinit Godha said, the commission should prove its existence in Madhya Pradesh as government officers posted by the state government are openly supporting the ruling party. For this, the party quoted name of Jhabau collector Jaishri Kiyavat, her husband and Sehore collector Kavindra Kiyavat, additional commissioner Mohini Shrivastava, woman and child development officer Neelu Bhatt and Rajni Dabar, Panna collector Dhananjay Singh Bhadoriya.
In 27 point complaint, Nikhra said two ministers Kailash Vijayvargiya and Gopal Bhargava used objectionable words regarding the MCC and were let off by the commission. No action was taken against BJP leader Sudha Malaiya. Nikhra said chief minister’s secretariat should be prevented for working in favour of ruling party. He said chief secretary should be asked to submit affidavit that no officers in MP is posted for more than three years.
The vice president demanded to ban entry of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Madhya Pradesh for campaigning for the BJP. The Congress demanded action in publicising pseudo advertisement related with Shahjada, probe against one dozen officers having different mobile numbers and acting for BJP, not to deploy RSS associate government employees on election duty and prevent joining of new persons in Makhanlal Chaturvedi Journalism University.
BSP state president IS Morya demanded to ban sale of liquor, bhang and ganja in Madhya Pradesh till the elections and deploy centre force. Community party of India ( Marxist) demanded to provide compensation to farmers suffered loss due to excess rains in Madhya Pradesh and issued direction to district collectors to issue carry out survey. The delegation led by state secretary Sandhya Shaily said, the ruling government should prevent to take political mileage from the compensation distribution. CPI delegation demanded not to permit Ramdev to hold its yoga camps in MP and not to allow political parties to use religious forums for seeking votes.
CEC meeting with Commissioners, Collectors, IGs, SPs today
Chief Election Commissioner of India VS Sampat and other officers of ECI will undertake a detailed review of preparations for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha election on October 29. Election Commissioners HS Brahma and Dr.
Naseem Zaidi, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudhir Tripathi, Directors General P. K. Dash and Akshay Raut, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind, Additional Chef Electoral Officer V. L Kanta Rao will also be present at the meeting at Narmada Bhavan from 9 am. The Commission will hold discussions over election preparations made so far with divisional commissioners, IGs, district election officers/ collectors, DIGs and SPs.