Congress Moves EC, Alleges BJP ‘Misusing’ Govt Machinery to Influence Voters Ahead of Madhya Pradesh Bypolls


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In a memorandum to the EC, the Opposition social gathering alleged “blatant violation” of all pre-election norms by the BJP, mentioning that the ruling social gathering has introduced ‘Garib Kalyan Saptah’ from September 17-23.

  • Last Updated: September 16, 2020, 11:23 PM IST

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The Congress on Wednesday moved the Election Commission alleging that the BJP was “misusing” state authorities equipment to affect voters forward of Madhya Pradesh Assembly bypolls.

In a memorandum to the EC, the Opposition social gathering alleged “blatant violation” of all pre-election norms by the BJP, mentioning that the ruling social gathering has introduced ‘Garib Kalyan Saptah’ from September 17-23.


“It would not be out of place to mention that the Model Code of Conduct casts special duties on party in power to ensure that no cause is given for any complaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of its election campaign,” the Congress stated in its memorandum.

The memorandum was signed by senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Kapil Sibal, Digvijaya Singh, Vivek Tankha and Mukul Wasnik.

“Therefore, as soon as campaigning is initiated, the ruling party is bound to observe the restraints imposed under the Model Code of Conduct,” it stated.

Collectors and divisional commissioners throughout Madhya Pradesh have been sternly instructed to organise programmes below the ‘Garib Kalyan Saptah’ whereby crores of rupees is anticipated to be transferred to voters and BJP staff with the intent to “induce, gratify and cast undue influence” on voters simply earlier than elections, the Congress alleged.

“It is imperative to mention that the announced ‘Garib Kalyan Saptah’ is not a part of the official calendar and the entire purpose of this spontaneous abuse of government machinery, funds and officials is to interfere with the free exercise of electoral rights of voters by misuse of public funds,” it alleged.

In this regard a grievance has additionally been lodged earlier than the CEO, Madhya Pradesh, on September 15, the social gathering stated.

It urged the ballot panel to take all such actions as could also be essential and required in legislation, together with instructions to the ruling social gathering in Madhya Pradesh, to restrain from utilizing official equipment of state in any method in anyway.

The Congress additionally referred to as on the ballot watchdog to take all such actions as could also be essential and required in legislation for conducting free and truthful bypolls in Madhya Pradesh.

Bypolls are set to happen for 27 seats in Madhya Pradesh, in accordance to the EC.

The Congress had on Friday declared its first checklist of 15 candidates for the upcoming bye-elections. Most of the seats going to polls fell vacant when insurgent Congress members resigned from the social gathering and the Assembly to be a part of the BJP.




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