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Poll panel cracks code whip, halts appointments

india Updated: Mar 09, 2009 23:38 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The Election Commission on Monday refused permission to the women and child development ministry to notify appointments of four members to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The Prime Minister’s Office had cleared the names last Monday, the day elections were called.

The Hindustan Times wrote on Monday that the ministry was keen to see the appointments through but its officiating secretary, K M. Acharya, had sought poll panel’s permission to notify the appointments.

In a communiqué to the ministry, the poll panel said the appointments could only be made after the election process was over. The decision was made after the three election commissioners returned from a three-day tour of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The poll panel also refused permission to appoint a Karnataka Congress worker as a National Commission for Women member in place of Nirmala Venkatesh, who was sacked last month after she took on Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury over the Mangalore pub violence. Venkatesh has since joined the BJP.

Taking note of a representation sent to it by the Panthers Party, the poll panel told the Indian Oil Corporation chairperson to stop the process of allotment of new pumps to the applicants from the scheduled castes and to the families of Kargil martyrs.

The government’s plan to allot petrol pumps after the polls had been called a violation of the conduct code, Sanjoy Sachdeva, president of the Delhi Pradesh Panthers Party, said.