A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subhash Patel entered a polling station at Julwaniya during the first phase of the three-tier panchayat elections on Tuesday and began wandering on the station premises.
Khargone Barwani MP Subhash Patel entered polling station number 84 in the Government Girls Middle School, which has two polling booths 85 and 86.
Patel stayed on the premises for 10 minutes, during which he spoke to officials. Patel also visited the Government Higher Secondary School in Julwaniya, which houses polling booths 81, 82 and 83.
District Congress president Sukh Lal Parmar condemned the act and asked the Election Commission of India to take appropriate action. Parmar further said he would lodge a complaint before the election commission and said the BJP was violating rules as the party was addicted to power.
Rajpur MLA and deputy leader of opposition in the assembly, Bala Ram Bachchan, has also condemned MP Subhash Patel and said his act had violated the model code of conduct. Bachchan has also demanded appropriate action against Patel.
Meanwhile, MP Subhash Patel told HT he was going to attend a programme in Chirwa village, Khargone district, in which chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was participating. District election officer and collector Ravindra Singh said he had asked for an inquiry report in the issue.