Shahdol by-polls: From sanitary inspector to SDM; Cong wants many officials transferred

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:43 AM IST
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BHOPAL: As many as 13 complaints have been filed in the office of the State Chief Electoral Office in connection with the Shahdol and Nepanagar by-polls. The election commission is verifying the complaints.

Not only the Congress but also the BJP and even commoners have filed complaints.

The Joint Chief Electoral Officer SS Bansal informed that the nature of the complaints is related to the allegations that the government servants posted in Shahdol constituency may influence the polls.

The state Congress president Arun Yadav has filed a complaint that political programme are being organised on government expense. MLA Sourabh Singh has alleged that government servants are going from house to house to verify the beneficiaries of the PM Aawas Yojana, though the election model code of conduct has been imposed in the constituency and that while verifying beneficiaries, they are campaigning for the ruling party.

The block Congress president of Manpur, Balwant Singh has alleged that the local MLA Meena Singh is luring the voters by gifting cricket kits and money.

The city president of Manav Adhikar Samiti Rajendra Sharaf has alleged that the SDM Milind Kumar posted in Pali may influence the elections and he should be transferred. The BJP state working committee member Anil Gupta has sought transfer of government employees who are posted for long in Shahdol.

Former MLA Shivlal Saravagi wants the district coordinator of Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission Madan Tripathi removed, saying that he may sway the voters. He is posted in Shahdol for the past 20 years.

The District Congress president of Umaria Amrutlal Yadav has alleged that Narayan Dube, a sanitary inspector posted in the municipal committee may influence the voters.

Only one complaint has been filed in Nepanagar Vidhan Sabha constituency. The former corporator of Nepanagar municipal committee Harish Rawat has filed complaint against five government servants, who he alleged, are supporting the BJP.

Don’t give poll-related work to Shahdol Commissioner: EC

The Election Commission has instructed that Shahdol commissioner should not be given any poll-related responsibility as he is going to retire on November 30. The joint chief electoral officer, SS Bansal informed that the EC has instructed that the Shahdol commissioner DP Ahirwar is going to retire on November 30. “It is instructed that election related work should not be handed to the officer” The political parties were demanding the removal of the commissioner, because he is posted for last three and a half year in the Shahdol division

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