Candidates give two hoots to model code of conduct, EC acts tough
A large number of cases are being registered in different districts because there has been strict enforcement of model code of conduct this time, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.lucknow Updated: Apr 30, 2007 20:06 IST
A record of sorts is being created as the Election Commission gets cases registered one after the other against those who care two hoots about the EC's Model Code of Conduct being enforced in the ongoing Vidhan Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.
A large number of cases are being registered in different districts because there has been strict enforcement of model code of conduct this time, said the Chief Election Officer Anuj Kumar Bishnoi. The EC though continues to tighten noose around them the candidates are evolving innovative ways to influence, allure and threaten voters.
There have been a growing number of instances of use of mobile phones to address public meetings, threaten voters, distribution of cash etc to lure voters. Take the cases of Sant Ravi Das Nagar.
In all 38 cases have registered against candidates there for violation of code of conduct, said the district magistrate Sant Ravi Das Nagar Ram Swaroop Dubey.
The Samajwadi Party candidate Vijay Kumar Mishra was even arrested for violation of code of conduct, he said adding that most of the cases were registered against the candidates of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
"We recovered hand pumps being installed in violation of code of conduct," said the Circle Officer Gyanpur Surendra Nath Tiwari adding that the other cases registered include the cases for installation of hoardings, putting up banners and posters in violation of the EC's code of conduct.
In Rae Bareli also a case has been filed against brother of BSP candidate from Tiloi Dinesh Singh. A sum of Rs 1.17 lakh was recovered from his possession, said the Rae Bareli SP Daya Shankar Singh.
A case is being registered against the notorious dacoit Shiv Kumar alias Dadua for issuing a 'farman' (order) to vote in favour of Samajwadi Party candidate Satya Narain Kaul. As Kaul has been reportedly claiming support of Dadua during campaigning the case is being registered against him as well.
No FIR though was lodged for violation of code of conduct in Pratapgarh the BSP candidate Shiv Prakash Mishra “Senani” got a cases registered against the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya for threatening a party worker there.
The EC also got cases registered against the Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh and the senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon for releasing the controversial CD that had material with communal overtones.
Another CD was recovered from Muzaffarnagar. A case was registered there as well. The EC has also got a case registered for release of surrogate advertisements targeted mainly against BSP Chief Mayawati. The EC has also asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to conduct an enquiry.
Significantly the EC has also taken note of violation of code of conduct by the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and ministers of his government. The EC had issued show cause notice to the Chief Minister for appealing to voters on caste lines at an election rally at Lalitpur in Bundelkhand. The EC had also censured the Minister for Sports RK Chaudhary who used his official vehicle for campaigning.