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Ajit criticises official machinery

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 10:44 IST
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RASHTRIYA LOK Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh on Thursday assailed the official machinery for playing partisan role in local bodies election in the State. He said there had been bungling in the election.

Talking to newsmen, Singh said officers were working under pressure and even state election commissioner AP Singh changed the order under political pressure. Singh said even the commissioner accepted that he had changed the order under the pressure of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kalyan Singh.

Singh said it was indeed unfortunate. The RLD chief said repolling was ordered in Aligarh but later, the decision was changed. This amply indicated that SEC was not functioning freely and fairly. He said various decisions of the SEC, including permission to distribute Kanya Vidya Dhan and unemployment allowance, had put a question mark on the impartiality of the commission.

He said the Governor was a constitutional authority and he had all the powers to forward people’s complaints to the department concerned. About the SEC’s objections to the Governor’s letters, Singh said the complaints could not be thrown to dustbin. Pointing out that it was immaterial who complained to the Governor and his (governor) decision should be taken seriously.

Singh also said the results of the civic election could not set trends for assembly election, as the BSP was not in the fray.  He said it was not yet clear which party was benefited by BSP’s decision to officially stay away from the election.

Singh said he would take up two ministers’ oath ceremony issue with the Chief Minister after the civic election.

Singh had forwarded the names of two non-legislators last month for induction into the Yadav ministry but Governor TV Rajeswar raised objection and refused to administer oath.