THOUGH THE State Election Commission (SEC) has directed the District Magistrates to take strict against those violating model codes of conduct, the ministers are violating it.
The SEC has received 130 complaints regarding the violation of the model code. Majority of these complains are against the ministers.
The Ministers are using official vehicles and utilising the government machinery to woo the voters in support of their candidate.
They are also pressuring the district administration to be lenient towards the candidates being supported by them.
The district administration has, it seems, has turned blind eye to the activities of the ministers. Only after the complaint by the rival party candidate, the SEC ordered an inquiry into the matter and directed the DMs to restrain the ministers from violating the model code.
The SEC received complaint that Horticulture Minister Rajkishore Singh was distributing sarees in Harayya area of Basti district. On receiving the complaint, the SEC directed the DM to inquire into the matter and submit a report. Singh and his supporters immediately cancelled the saree distribution programme.
The commission received another complaint that chairman of the Minority Finance Commission Ataur Rehman was moving in Bareilly areas in his official vehicle with escort. He was terrorising the voters. The SEC directed the DM to ban entry of Rehman in the urban area of the city.
Another minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiyya, was deputing the employees of his department on election duty in Pratapgarh district. The SEC swung into action and ensured that the employees of other department were also deputed on duty.
In Rampur, Urban Development Minister Azam Khan and Congress leader Noorbano were locked in a battle over the cancellation of the nomination paper of the Congress candidate fielded for chairman, Nagar Palika Parishad. The Congress leaders alleged that district returning officer rejected the nomination paper of Congress candidate Reshma Khan’s pressure. A petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court and after the court verdict, the SEC countermanded the election of Rampur nagar Palika Parishad.
Minister of State for Medical Education Vinod Kumar Singh was using the official machinery to organise the election campaign. Complaints have been lodged against the Culture Minister Rajendra Singh Rana, PWD Minister Arvind Singh Gope and Social Welfare Minister Awadesh Prasad.
An SEC official said the majority of ministers were moving in their constituency on the plea that they were meeting the people and participating in the programmes organised to celebrate Diwali and Id.
“We cannot impose ban on the movement of the ministers in their constituencies but will take action if they are caught violating the model code,” he said.