Chief electoral officer (CEO), Shimla, Narender Chauhan and Mandi deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Devesh Kumar denied the allegations levelled by PRISM party candidate Lawan Kumar and social activist of the town Lakshmender Guleria.
They said the administration had followed guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI) while issuing Circuit House and rest houses for political leaders during elections.
“ECI has never said political leaders cannot use government accommodations during elections, but it has definitely put restrictions on the use of accommodations for political meetings or using them as storehouse for propaganda material and vigilance teams keep strict vigil over the activities,” said Chauhan.
Kumar said, “The administration is ready to take stringent action against anyone if found guilty of misusing accommodations and nothing has been detected wrong in the past as alleged by Lawan Kumar and if he has any proof, than he is welcome to submit the same for action.”
He also disposed off the second complaint filed by Guleria in which he had alleged that the BJP offered non-vegetarian food in common feast after the rally at Kehanwal area of the district on Saturday.
He said the common feast was organised on the campus of a temple and the temple committee had not yet filed any complaint on misuse of the campus.
He said Guleria should submit proof of the incident to initiate action against erring politicians or civilians.
Meanwhile, Lawan and Guleria said, “If complainant has to bring proofs, evidences and material to prove the guilt then why the government was spending crores on vigilance and monitoring committees to keep vigil over such activities.”
“We are simple citizens and our duty is to make the administration aware. The rest depends on them to initiate action or dispose the allegations,” they said.