CONGRESS STATE president Subhash Yadav has alleged that State Jail Minister and district in charge Antar Singh Arya had been caught by police distributing liquor and money in the Pandhana area, while Khategaon-Kannod MLA Brijmohan Doot had been caught giving fake votes in Syedpur village. He demanded of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that both be told to resign.
However, SP K D Parashar told Hindustan Times that there was no truth in either of the two complaints and they might have been politically motivated. Collector Nikunj Shrivastava, too, said that the allegations were false and at the time when the Minister was supposed to be Pandhana, he was actually in Sendhwa.
In another complaint, the Congress alleged that BJP candidate Devendra Verma had tried to stoke religious feelings of the voters through advertisement placed in a daily newspaper on Monday.
In the complaint Congress State spokesman K K Mishra said that in the advertisement, the BJP had said that Monday was the day of Lord Shiva and had linked it to the fact that the State Chief Minister’s name was also after the same God, and had asked for votes in Shiva’s name. This linkage, the Congress felt was invoking the religious feeling of the people and was against the rules of the Election Code of Conduct, which prohibits use of religion to divide people.
The Congress also objected to the line in the advertisement, which said that by electing Verma they would be electing two MLAs – one Verma and the other Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself. The Congress party objected to this by saying that the advertisement was misleading and came under the category of luring the voters.
Reacting to this complaint, Shrivastava said that he had just returned to the office and he would look into the complaint if it had been made.
Earlier, the BJ had also complained to the EC against Brijmohan Doot for going inside a booth in Siloda and a similar complaint was made against Sanawad MLA H S Solanki.