All parties pile up complaints as Lyngdoh visits Raipur

It was a day for making allegations and counter allegations before the CEC, writes PK Maitra from Raipur.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 16:54 IST

It was a day for making allegations and counter allegations before Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh, who was in Raipur on a day-long visit to take stock of the poll situation and assess preparations for the forthcoming elections in Chhattisgarh.

After the Gujarat elections, it seems that Lyngdoh is facing another tough task. He has even admitted that Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are problematic.

It all began at 9.30 in the morning on Tuesday. As soon as the Chief Election Commissioner arrived in the city, along with his three colleagues, the vocal Bharatiya Janata Party reiterated that distribution of school bags with the picture of Chief Minister Ajit Jogi; replacing hoardings of state government’s achievements by Congress hoardings; and objectionable style of functioning of some SPs and District Collectors of the state are clear violation of the model code of conduct.

They also took a strong exception over the manner in which two District Collectors had moved CAT and obtained stay orders against their transfers.

The Congress hit back by saying that the distribution of school bags was not a case of violation of model code of conduct. "It is good to distribute school bags to needy students than to distribute trishul," advocated Rajendra Tiwari, the PCC general secretary before the CEC.

The Congress delegation also pointed out cases of how the BJP was playing the religion card. "The BJP candidates are distributing pamphlets with pictures of various famous places of worship," the Congress delegation pointed out and sought an immediate intervention from the CEC.

They also accused the BJP of raising issues before the EC without any proper base and only for the sake of opposing.

The delegation took a strong exception over portraying the Chief Minister as Hitler in a booklet, published by the BJP and cited several examples of how Akashwani and Doordarshan are being misused.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alleged that Chief Minister Ajit Jogi tried to bribe its Patthalgaon nominee, N Lakra. He was picked up from Bilaspur railway station by the close aides of controversial Bilaspur superintendent of police SRP Kalluri on November 2 and was taken to the Circuit House at Bilaspur where the Chief Minister promised he would be accommodated in a state board or corporation if he leaves the NCP.

However, Lakra spurned the offer and was presented before the CEC on Tuesday. The NCP submitted a comprehensive memorandum, substantiating several incidents of violation of model code of conduct by the Jogi Government.

Submitting a memorandum, the CPI rued that the 'conversion' issue was being politicised and it would create communal tension in peace-loving Chhattisgarh.

The BSP delegation alleged that the polling officers in the state are campaigning for Congress while informing the common man about the new electronic voting machine.

Briefing people, officers 'specifically' tell them to push the button on 'hands' symbol and if they push any other buttons, they would get an electric shock.

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 16:10 IST