TAKING STRONG exception to reports of unhindered movement of Samajwadi Party leaders in Shahjahanpur Governor TV Rajeswar today asked the State Election Commission (SEC) to conduct an inquiry and take action.
The Raj Bhawan has forwarded a complaint of Shahjahanpur Congress MP Jitin Prasad to State Election Commissioner Aparamita Prasad Singh while asking for a report on the issue today. Taking note of the Raj Bhawan’s letter the SEC has asked senior IAS officer and poll observer SR Meena to submit a report on Prasad’s complaint soon.
Accusing the Samajwadi Party leaders of indulging in booth capturing and fake voting at various places Prasad had demanded an inquiry and re-polling at nearly 50 polling booths in 21 wards of Shahjahanpur.
The Samajwadi Party leaders accompanied by their gunners and shadows continued to visit different polling booths all through the day despite information given to the district administration, said Prasad while speaking to Hindustan Times on telephone from Shahjahanpur today.
Senior district officials including the district magistrate and the district police chief patronised the free moment of the SP leaders along with their gunners for booth capturing despite repeated protests from the Congress, he said.
District magistrate Amit Kumar Ghosh said he had sought a report on the issue from CDO and the additional district magistrate.
Replying to a question State Election Commissioner Aparamita Prasad Singh said he had asked the poll observer to look into the complaint of the MP and submit a report to the SEC soon. Appropriate action would be taken once the report of the poll observer was received, said Singh.
Significantly this is not for the first time that Raj Bhawan has intervened to ensure a free and fair election to the urban local bodies. In another letter to the SEC the Raj Bhawan has asked the commission to conduct a probe into reports of irregularities in the printing of ballot papers for the urban local bodies elections. There were reports that a large number of ballot papers had the same serial number. A senior officer of the SEC said an inquiry has been already ordered into the issue.
The SEC had already received a report from one of the places where the ballot papers were printed, he said adding that a report would be sent to Raj Bhawan once the inquiry was completed. The Raj Bhawan had asked the SEC to enforce the model of conduct.
Taking note of Raj Bhawan’s observations the SEC had suspended Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s programmes for distribution of unemployment allowance and the Kanya Vidya Dhan.