Close on the heels of Sharad Pawar reprimand, more trouble seems brewing for the UPA government with its announcement for revival of fertilizer units coming under the Election Commission’s scanner. These units include the one located in the Gorakhpur district of the poll bound Uttar Pradesh.
Responding to queries on the subject, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan said: "We have seen it (announcement) in the newspapers. The Commission has taken note and appropriate measures will be taken ... Wait till tomorrow." However, he refused to further elaborate on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a status report from UP Administration on the FIRs filed against some BJP leaders in connection with the manufacture and circulation of the controversial CD. To a question whether any decision has been taken by the EC on the BJP's advertisements in newspapers in UP targeting Muslims, Balakrishnan said the Commission would certainly look into it.
On Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh exercising his franchise with the help of a credit card, Balakrishnan clarified that apart from Electors Voters Identity Cards, the Commission had suggested certain other documents to enable people to vote and credit card was not among them. "We will verify that," he said.