Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha wants minister barred as candidate
The request was submitted in writing to the chief election commissioner with a copy to the chief electoral officer of Jharkhand.Updated: Mar 18, 2019 01:26 IST
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Sunday appealed to the Election Commission to restrict Union minister Jayant Sinha from contesting polls and also monitor violations of the model code of conduct by Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers.
The request was submitted in writing to the chief election commissioner with a copy to the chief electoral officer of Jharkhand.
Briefing the media on the requests, JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said that the party had appealed to the Election Commission as Sinha had violated the model code of conduct by delivering the IIM Ranchi convocation address on March 16.
“During his 15-minute speech, Sinha congratulated the IIM-R [graduates] for three minutes, and the rest of the time, he delivered a political speech detailing five years’ achievements of the nation and Jharkhand under BJP rule, while asking people to vote for the BJP and exhorting them to make a particular person the Prime Minister,” said Bhattacharya.
The JMM underlined the EC directives that clearly advise all ministers and chief ministers, not to attend any convocation or deliver any lecture that would be treated as violation of model code of conduct.
Bhattacharya said that the model code of conduct came into effect from March 10, following the notification for the general elections, and Sinha’s convocation speech amounted to its violation. He said it would be “dangerous” if people like Sinha, “who care a fig about the restrictions imposed by the Election Commission”, were elected to Parliament.
The JMM leader mentioned that chief minister Raghubar Das, too, had violated the model code of conduct by using official vehicles on March 11 while coming to Ranchi from Jamshedpur and then using the government helicopter to attend a Mangalik (pre-marriage ceremony) of one legislator in Hazaribag. He said that “the chopper has become the government’s publicity vehicle” and appealed to the Election Commission for a strict vigil.
First Published: Mar 18, 2019 01:26 IST