With the campaigning for the civic body polls gaining momentum in Indore, the candidates in the fray are seen to be openly flouting Election Commission rules.
Contestants are busy organising rallies and meetings in their respective wards disregarding the inconvenience they are causing to commuters by violating the election rules, said local residents.
On Sunday afternoon, a narrow road in Pardeshipura was completely blocked by a contestant and his supporters.
More than 500 people gathered on the streets obstructing traffic in the area. There were no policemen to control the crowd, residents said.
“The model code of conduct does not seem to have any effect on candidates and their supporters,” said Arpit Jain, a resident of Pardeshipura. Raj Kapoor Sunhare, a candidate contesting from Pardeshipura said, “We obtained the required permissions from the authorities before carrying out (the) procession.”
As per the model code of conduct, political parties and candidates are required to ensure that their supporters do not create any obstructions to commuters while taking out a procession.
The organisers are required to take necessary permissions from the traffic authorities.
“It is not a decent way of asking for votes. Election campaigns and rallies are becoming a nuisance. In the name of campaigning, candidates are setting up dais on the middle of the roads causing major inconvenience to commuters,” said Anirudh Singh, another resident.
He said that the candidates, who are promising citizens of better and safer roads, are themselves causing road blocks.
In some streets, candidates and supporters have even erected podiums blocking all vehicular and pedestrian movement, residents said.
Additional district magistrate Sudhir Kochar said, “It is a violation under section 144 of IPC, and we are stern against any such acts.”
“We had taken action against violators in Banganga, Raoji Bazaar and will continue to curb such incidents of violation.”
Additional Superintendent of police (traffic) Anjana Tiwari said, “Political rallies carried out on the roads cause a huge inconvenience to public. They should be restricted to small numbers.”
Observers say that police and administration do not interfere with campaigns due to pressures from political leaders.