STATE ELECTION Commission (SEC) on Wednesday issued notices to 20 district magistrates (DM) for not sending information about the filing of the nomination papers for the urban local bodies election.
The SEC had directed the DMs to send regular information about the status of the nomination papers being filed by candidates for various posts.
However, the DMs of Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Allahabad, Balrampur, Baghpat, Ambedkar Nagar, Gorakhpur, Rampur, Deoria, Pilibhit, Chandauli, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Mathura, Mahoba, Kaushambi, Moradabad, Varanasi and Sonebhadra districts failed to send the information. The SEC then issued notices to the DMs of these districts.
Joint election commissioner PC Gupta said that information has been received from 49 districts, where 88 candidates for the posts of mayor and chairman and 230 candidates for the posts of corporator and members have filed nomination papers.
Engineers’ Assn to boycott duty
THE UP Engineers’ Association has decided to boycott their duty, close the headquarter office and organise a dharna on Thursday. They are protesting the lodging of an FIR and suspension of the engineers working in the PWD. A meeting of the members of the association was held under the chairmanship of senior vice president of the association P Ram.
SP fields Madhu Gupta
THE RULING Samajwadi Party on Wednesday decided to field Dr Madhu Gupta as the mayoral candidate against Congress nominee Dr Manzoor Ahmad, who filed his nomination papers.
The SP has also approved names of mayoral candidates Anjula Nagpal (Ghaziabad), Sitaram Jaiswal (Gorakhpur), Vinod Chandra Dubey (Allahabad), Kanhayyalal Gupta (Varanasi), Zamir Ullah Khan (Aligarh), Dr Shagufta Yasmin (Bareilly), Khurshida Ansari (Meerut), Yogendra Kasaulia (Jhansi) and Asharani Balmiki (Agra). Dr Madhu Gupta was the SP nominee in last Lok Sabha election in 2004 against former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Code violated, tenders submitted
IN GROSS violation of the election code of conduct tenders of more than Rs 50 lakh for five projects were submitted by contractors at the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA).
The money for the work against the tenders has been sanctioned from the revolving fund of the KDA. It may be noted that in view of the election code of conduct coming into effect for the municipal corporation elections no new tenders could be invited nor any work order could be issued.
Tenders have been submitted for a stretch of road from Kakadeo to Rawatpur, besides a road at Jajmau, Tewaripurwa and one near the Police Lines.
Secretary of the KDA Bhupender Singh said that the matter would be taken up with the election officials to ensure that it did not tantamount to violation of election code of conduct.