Don’t accept hospitality, money from aspirants: Cong tells observers

BHOPAL : The Congress has asked its civic election observers not to accept hospitality or any other obligation from aspirants for tickets during their visits and manage accommodation, vehicle etc on their own, said sources.

The party has issued guidelines for over 400 observers appointed for civic polls with instructions to stick to it. No complaint should come later regarding fund collection or getting financial help, they were strictly told.

MPCC president Arun adav, leader of opposition Satyadev Katare and convenor of civic election committee and former MP Sajjan Singh Verma, on Tuesday, held a meeting with observers appointed for civic bodies of five divisions – Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Sagar at the PCC office.

They briefed them about dos and don’ts during the polls. Observers will be assigned responsibility ranging from selection of candidates to managing voting, besides coordinating with local leaders and DCCs.

adav said they will reactivate or reform booth committees, appoint teams of 50 workers for managing polling and five members at each booth, hold workers’ convention and identify local issues for elections. The observers will form coordination committees for civic bodies and submit regular reports to PCC president.

Former mayors, MPs, MLAs, candidates of MP and MLA elections, PCC officebearers and delegates, former presidents, leaders of opposition in local bodies, former active MLAs, presidents of associate outfits and block presidents will be included in coordinate committee.

adav said it would be responsibility of observers to collect coordinate committee members’ view on candidates.

The observers will send only one name for each post. A similar meeting will be held on Wednesday for observers of the five remaining divisions.

The party sources said observers for municipal corporation areas had not been appointed so far.

PCC chief Arun adav addresses a meeting of party leaders at PCC office in the city on Tuesday.

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