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Civic polls: Many caught off guard

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 01:38 IST
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Place- State Election Commission (SEC)
Time – 11 am

THE TELEPHONE of a senior officer starts ringing. His personal secretary informs that PWD Minister Shivpal  Singh Yadav wants to talk to him. Yadav urges the officer for permission to participate in a public function being organized in his home district Etawah.

Soon the telephone rings again. This time it’s the Secretary of the Transport Department. He tells the SEC official that interview for recruitment of the class four employees is continuing and requests permission to complete the interview.

“The candidates might create a disturbance and it will be difficult to control the mob”, he pleads. The permission is granted with the instruction not to declare the results. 

The notification for the urban local bodies elections and implementation of the model code of conduct has caught the ministers, MPs, MLAs and even the government officials off guard.

With Vidhan Sabha elections knocking on the door, the ministers and MLAs have planned to launch development schemes in their respective constituencies to woo the voters. Some had planned to inaugurate newly constructed power sub stations and bridges. But their plans have been put on hold with the notification.

“There will hardly be any time after the urban local bodies election”, said a minister. “The Election Commission might issue notification for the Vidhan Sabha elections in December”, he said.

Several application were pending in the districts for the firearms license. Before the Vidhan Sabha elections, the candidates and their supporters had planned to arm themselves to match the muscle power of their rivals. Here too they will be a disappointed lot as the State Election Commission has directed the district magistrates not to issue firearms licenses. The DMs were also directed to release the approved application for the license after the election was over.

The DMs have also been directed to ensure that no new tenders are floated for any project by all the three urban local bodies. Even the MPs and MLAs have been restrained from releasing money  from their discretionary fund.

Additional Election Commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey said the Tehsil Diwas, Block and Thana Diwas would be organised in the districts only after the conclusion of the urban local bodies poll.