‘ High profile’ Vidisha, Budhni put under minute observation


BHOPAL: Poll observers and field officers managing elections have been told to maintain a special watch in Vidisha and Budhni – the two constituencies from where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is contesting elections. The ECI has designated both the seats as high profile.

‘ High profile’ Vidisha, Budhni put under minute observation

Deputy commissioner of ECI Sudhir Tripathi asked the observers, district collectors and SPs to carry out monitoring and keep a watch on liquor supply particularly in Basoda constituency of Vidisha district.

“ The liquor distribution will emerge as serious issue to be tackled in coming days,” the deputy commissioner said in a meeting with officials of three divisions Bhopal, Narmadapuram and Sagar.

According to sources, the election officer also asked the district officials to ensure distribution of voters’ slips saying like 2008, voters’ slips should not be found lying in garbage. Observers will ensure that BLOs don’t have nexus with political parties as far as distribution of voters’ slips is concerned.

A poll observer quizzed where to include expenditure of Ramdev’s public rallies. Hoshangabad district launched polling both monitoring system and district collector Rahul Jain gave detail about the new system in the meeting. He said one dozen persons having criminal record were externed from district. . Polling observers deputed in Hoshagabad district patted the back of the collector.

Tikamgarh observer could not reach Bhopal because of bad road between Chhatapur and Sagar and was asked to reach Gwalior. Talking with media persons, Tripathi said the BJP’s complaint against the Congress- sponsored charge- sheet is under examination at the commission.

Also, the advertisements issued against the BJP and Congress both in Madhya Pradesh are too being examination for violation of the model code of conduct. He said production of liquor and supply is being monitored by the observers.

Giving detail about the review meeting with three divisions’ officials, Tripathi said discussion was held with observers and polling officers on election preparations.

“ Preparations are proceeding smoothly and per our expectations and special drive will be conducted in some areas for free and fair polls,” the deputy election commissioner said. The observers gave their inputs regarding preparations and it appears there is need to fine- tune some things like distribution of postal ballots and providing voters slip.

CEO Jaideep Govind told media persons that so far, the commission had received 500 complaints of violation of model code of conduct, as well as ten complaints about paid news. Most of the complaints were sorted out and the rest are under examination either at CEO level or at the commission. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudhir Tripathi interacts with media in a press conference in the city on Wednesday.

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