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CM promises free and fair polls

?HER FAISLA manzoor. Tere phoolon se bhi pyar, tere kaaton se bhi pyar (I accept every verdict. I would love flowers and I would love thorns too from you).?

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 13:41 IST

“HER FAISLA manzoor. Tere phoolon se bhi pyar, tere kaaton se bhi pyar (I accept every verdict. I would love flowers and I would love thorns too from you).”

This was how the Chief Minister and BJP candidate in Budhni assembly constituency by-election, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, reacted to the Election Commission’s decision to defer the polling to May 3.

The CM was talking to journalists at his official residence this afternoon. He said he was committed to ensuring conduct of a free and fair election; hence he would extend his full cooperation to the Election Commission.

Chouhan said since he was known as “paon-paon wale bhaiya” he would live up to the sobriquet attached to him and he would now canvass on foot. He would only carry a flag and a mike to canvass for himself, he added.

He said the Congress had no work with it except to complain against him every now and then on flimsy ground. The Congress was trying to put hurdles in his way but he did not care about that, added Chouhan.

When asked if he had identified the areas where he might have committed fault, like rushing too many ministers to the constituency, he said he had not asked any minister to canvass for him. There was nobody in between the electorate of the constituency and him, he added.

When asked if the ministers would visit the constituency even after the EC’s decision, Chouhan said this would be decided by the party.

On Medha Patkar’s announcement to launch a ‘Pol Khol’ agitation, he said he was not concerned with what others were doing. He was only interested in rehabilitation of (Sardar Sarovar Project) affected people.

He replied in negative when asked if he would lodge a protest to the EC against its order to defer the polling.

First Published: Apr 23, 2006 13:41 IST