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Azad's opponent writes to EC over AIIMS recruitments

PTI  New Delhi, May 11, 2014
First Published: 14:38 IST(11/5/2014) | Last Updated: 14:49 IST(11/5/2014)

Political rival of Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party's Bhim Singh, has sought the Election Commission's intervention to put on hold the recruitment of 148 assistant professors in AIIMS till the new government is formed.

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Singh also demanded cancellation of the "extraordinary" meetings of the Institute Body and Governing Body scheduled for May 12, citing that the Model Code of Conduct is in force and the elections results will be out on May 16.

The meeting of the institute body, the highest decision-making body of AIIMS, has been approved by the health minister, who is also president of the medical institute.

"He has fixed the meetings of both governing body and institute body on the same day (May 12, the date for last-phase polling) at a very short notice after throwing all ethics and norms of propriety to winds," Singh, who is a candidate from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur Lok Sabha seat from where Azad is also contesting, said in a letter to the EC dated May 9.

"I therefore request you to kindly order cancellation of the meetings scheduled for May 12 immediately. It would also be worthwhile to scrutinise the list of candidates shortlisted in such a hurry and in a clandestine manner to come to just conclusions about the minister having derived undue advantage from this recruitment for himself and his party and in the process having deprived other candidates of a level playing field, an endeavour for which the Election Commission of India has been striving all throughout these polls," he said.

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