The chief election commissioner (CEC), VS Sampath, who held a meeting with the leaders of the major political parties and the senior government officials of Haryana on Friday, said that he had asked the state director general of police (DGP) to make adequate security arrangements in view of the issue of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, which could flare up in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Interacting with newspersons after the meeting, Sampath, when asked whether the EC had received any complaint from the political parties regarding setting up of separate gurdwara committee for Haryana, said this was one of the issues discussed at the meeting.
“Though we are not directly concerned with this issue yet, the commission has asked the DGP to maintain law and order during the elections. As it is a religious issue, the commission wanted that it to be resolved by both groups amicably,” he added.
Expressing satisfaction with poll preparations, he said the EC officials were holding meetings with officials of four poll-bound states – Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Maharashtra, to review arrangements and decide on the polling date. “We have completed three states and would soon go to J&K,” he said.
Regarding the elections in Haryana, the CEC said that since the month of October is a festive month, the commission would keep this in mind while finalising the dates of polling.
He said that special summary revision of electoral rolls had been completed and the final list had been published.
In all, 3.82 lakh applications were received and after scrutiny, 1.62 crore eligible electors were left in the state. The deletions in the final publication of electors roll aggregated 2.19 lakh. The CEC said that Haryana had achieved 100% target set for issuance of electoral photo identity cards.
“In the previous Lok Sabha elections, we had given directions for setting up of single window system to facilitate the political parties and candidates contesting the elections. We would not allow the monopoly by any political party,” said Sampath. The single window operation must be checked by senior officers and district magistrates to ensure that the applications were dispose of on a priority basis and on the basis of merit,” he said.
All deputy commissioners in the state had also been directed to dispose of the complaints pertaining to the model code of conduct within 48 hours and the complainant should be informed about it, he added.