Governor concerned over co-op poll irregularities
TAKING SERIOUS note of the recent communal flare-ups in the State, Governor Balram Jakhar has written a letter to the government and asked for a report on the matter.
The Governor has expressed ‘grave concern’ over the ‘huge’ number of complaints regarding ‘irregularities’ in the ongoing cooperatives elections and communicated his displeasure to the Cooperatives Department.
Raj Bhawan sources said that the letter has been sent to the State Home Department seeking a detailed report on the situation that led to recent communal tension in different parts of the State. During the past month, at least half a dozen incidents of violence with communal overtones were reported from important centres like Indore, Jabalpur, Dewas (three incidents) and Biaora (Rajgarh district).
The sources said that the Governor also plans to take up the issue with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in person. The main Opposition party, Congress, has demanded imposition of President’s rule in the State in view of the deteriorating law and order situation, especially communal violence.
When contacted, Principal Secretary Home Satya Prakash said he would be able to confirm receipt of the letter only after checking official records.
The huge number of complaints regarding alleged irregularities in the process of cooperative elections has also raised eyebrows in the Raj Bhavan. A letter has been sent to the State Cooperatives Department from the Raj Bhawan directing that the complaints be taken care of and fair process ensured.
The Governor has taken keen personal interest in the matters of cooperatives owing to his agricultural background, the sources said.
CM tells officials to act tough, instil confidence
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday directed police and administrative officers to take strict action against elements vitiating communal harmony in the State.
Addressing a high-level meeting at Mantralaya, Chouhan said all possible steps should be taken to instill a sense of security among the minorities. Minor incidents are aggravated due to lack of proper and timely action, Chouhan lamented, adding the administration must ensure necessary action immediately.
Proper and unbiased action should be ensured by the police and district administration against banned organisation SIMI, illegal transportation and slaughter of cattle, and on incidents of disrupting harmony and peace.
ADG (Law and Order) Surendra Sinh informed the meeting that all police officers had been directed to take stern action against anti- social elements disrupting peace by registering criminal cases against them.
Chief secretary Rakesh Sahni, DGP Anand Rao Pawar, Principal Secretary (Home) Satya Prakash, ADGP S K Raut, Secretary (Home) Sanjay Rana and secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bais.