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Under EC pressure, Jogi promises free, fair polls

Days after Chhattisgarh administration was pulled up for `biased and partisan' attitude by CEC, CM Ajit Jogi has assured to hold free and fair poll on Dec 1 in the state.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2003 12:52 IST
PTI

A day after Chhattisgarh administration was pulled up for `biased and partisan' attitude by Chief Election Commissioner JM Lynddoh, state Chief Minister Ajit Jogi on Wednesday assured to hold free and fair poll on December one in the state.

"Being the constitutional head and Chief Minister of the state, I assured the entire nation that there will be free, fair, peaceful and undisputed poll in the state," Jogi said in Raipur.

Replying to a query about Tuesday's complaints against his government and administration, Jogi said, "No one should question the process of free and fair poll in the state".

Dismissing the allegation that he was attempting to influence the vote, he said, "some people, who knew they have lost the poll, are trying to create such an atmosphere in Raipur. When they are winning why should they create such a thing since there is only one-sided wave in the state in Favour of Congress".

It is the tradition in Raipur that peaceful, free and fair polls are held and Congress also believes in that, Jogi said citing former prime minister Indira Gandhi's example.

"The best example is of Indira Gandhi, who held a free and fair poll and lost. We will maintain that tradition," Jogi said.

Lyngdoh on Tuesday came down heavily on the "partisan" attitude of the state bureaucracy saying that even in Gujarat the officials were more impartial.

First Published: Nov 06, 2003 12:52 IST