EC probing fresh plaints on poll code violation
AS THE date of polling for the prestigious Budhni by-elections is approaching near, there is a fresh spurt in complaints reaching the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the State Government officials.india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 14:19 IST
AS THE date of polling for the prestigious Budhni by-elections is approaching near, there is a fresh spurt in complaints reaching the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the State Government officials.
In a joint complaint made to CEO Vijay Patidar, District Cooperative Rural Development Bank Director Surendra Singh Rajput and District Panchayat Sehore member Ajay Patel alleged that Chief Executive Officer of Sehore Panchayat issued developmental work orders worth Rs 1 crore to various agencies to lure voters.
Acting promptly on the complaints, Vijay Patidar is learnt to have sought a detailed report on these allegations. Senior officers of Panchayat and Rural Department have been asked to look into the matter and submit a comprehensive report to the CEO officer soon.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Patidar confirmed receiving a report and said that he has sought a report from the State Government on various allegations.
Rajput and Patel alleged that Chief Executive Officer, Sehore, K C Jain, issued many sanctions after imposition of the model code of conduct.
They alleged that Jain sanctioned Rs 25,000 each to Parents-Teachers’ Associations of 226 middle schools and Rs 7,000 each to Parents-Teachers’ Association of 339 EGS schools.
This sanction was about Rs 80 lakh and handsome part of which was allegedly misused by the officer in connivance of some ministers, they alleged.
Citing another incident of violation of model code of conduct, the complainants alleged that Nagar Panchayat Nasrullahgunj sanctioned Rs 14.80 lakh for construction of cement-concrete road in various wards; Rs 14 lakh for construction of RCC drains; Rs 14.50 lakh for RCC road; Rs 2.24 lakh to put up ‘welcome gate’; Rs 4.51 lakh for pump house and Rs 39.35 lakh for construction of a shopping complex ’. Nagar Panchayat invited offers till April 19, 2006.
Similarly, CEO, Sehore placed an order to purchase 36 computers for head-start project from to his relative. All these computers were not up to the mark and majority of them were not working, they alleged in their complaint.
Rajput further alleged that an amount of Rs 20 lakh was sanctioned to MP Agro for wormy culture. This was an attempt to lure beneficiaries, he alleged.