AT A time when the leaders and candidates of the ruling parties are violating the model code of conduct with ease, it’s the Governor office that has come to the rescue of the rival parties and their candidates.
The candidates of opposition parties are now knocking at the door of the Raj Bhawan with complaints regarding violation of model code of conduct in various districts.
A few days back, leaders of the BJP and the Congress submitted memoranda to the Governor and drew his attention towards distribution of dole by the Chief Minister to the unemployed youths and girls. After the objection raised by the Governor, the SEC put a ban on the distribution of unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana.
All the complaints are being dispatched to the SEC with clear-cut instruction to take action. Intervention of the Raj Bhawan has moved the SEC into action mode. The SEC is also taking extra precaution on the complaints coming from Raj Bhawan. The DMs have been directed to take immediate action and inform the SEC.
An SEC official said that they had received around four-dozen complaints from Raj Bhawan. Majority of them were regarding violation of the model code of conduct in Etawah, Meerut, Aligarh, Moradabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Mainpuri, Jhansi, Gonda, Basti and Kannauj districts.
When the candidates contesting urban local bodies election find that the Governor instruction is cutting the ice and moving the election machinery to redress their grievances, along with the SEC they are submitting a copy of complaint to the Raj Bhawan.
DMs, SPs told to ensure free, fair poll Secretary, Home RM Srivastava on Monday directed the district magistrates/district returning officers and superintendent of police to take effective measures to ensure free and fair civic poll on October 28, 31 and November 3.
The SPs have been directed to maintain strict vigil on criminal elements.
Preventive measures should be taken in the sensitive areas to check the activities of the anti-social elements, Srivastava said.
Strict action would be taken against those violating model code of conduct.
“The DMs should ensure that members of weaker section are able to cast their vote without fear,” he said.