Congress urges EC to ensure free & fair polling in MP bypolls

Charging the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh of indulging in ‘misuse of power’ and ‘violation of the model code of conduct’ ahead of the by-elections to the Kolaras and Mugawali assembly seats in the state, the Congress party on Saturday urged the Election Commission to ensure a free and fair elections for the two Assembly constituencies, which are going for the polls on February 24. 

A delegation comprising Congress leader and former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and head of the All India Congress Committee legal cell Vivek Tankha met the Chief Election commissioner and registered a complaint regarding misuse of official machinery in the upcoming bypolls.

Talking to media persons, Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia said, ‘’we have put across our plea to the Election Commission to ensure free and fair elections for the bypolls in Kolaras and Mugawali assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh.

We have asked the EC to take strict action against attempts by the state government to create an atmosphere of fear in the state. We have also asked them to ensure that the officials, who are posted for election duty are those without any ‘dubious track records’.’’

In reply to a question, Mr Scindia said the party has submitted a list of officials, who have been appointed for election in these two constituencies.  ‘’They have been partisan towards the ruling party”, said Mr Scindia. 

Mr Scindia also alleged that the BJP is hatching conspiracies to win the polls.  Mr Scindia said that the EC had assured them that it would assess the situation and take speedy action in the matter.

The Congress also submitted a memorandum to the EC demanding strict action against those who were vitiating the poll atmosphere in the state.  The constituencies of Kolaras and Mungawali are going to bypolls on February 24. Both seats are part of Scindia’s stronghold Shivpuri and Ashok Nagar. 

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