Blames the state govt for adopting dictatorial attitude in order to tweak Panchayat elections in its favour.
The Uttarakhand unit of Congress party has accused the state election commission (SEC) of being a puppet in the hands of the state government. Addressing media persons at Rajiv Bhawan, the state headquarters of the party, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Pritam Singh said that many people had complained to the commission about the candidates in the Panchayat elections who have their names in the voting lists of more than one place and demanded that such candidates should be debarred from contesting the elections. Singh said that it is very surprising that the state election commission in an order dated September 25 had said that the nomination of such candidates who have their names in more than one places would not be cancelled. The PCC president said that the order of the commission is surprising since the Representation of the People Act- 1951 has a provision of imprisonment of one year and penalty for any person whose name figures at two places. He added that the Uttarakhand Panchayat Raj act-2016 also clearly mentions that a person cannot have his or her name listed in two places. The PCC president said that the SEC is acting on the directions of the state government which is unfortunate. He also blamed the state government for violating model code of conduct by changing the reservation status of many Panchayat bodies on after the model code of conduct was enforced in the state. The PCC president added that after the reservation status of many Panchayat bodies was changed arbitrarily by the director Panchayat Raj, the secretary Panchayat Raj issued show cause notices to district magistrates of 12 districts of the state where Panchayat elections would be held for errors in reservation rosters. In response to the notice, the DM of Dehradun clearly stated that no error on part of district administration was made in deciding on reservation status. Singh claimed that it proves that the state government is meddling with the Panchayat elections.
On the order of SEC on the persons having names in two places, the former cabinet minister Navprabhat said that the Gadget notification (Extraordinary) dated July 25, 2019 clearly states that a person cannot have names in two places in voting lists. He said that the Returning Officers should cancel the candidature of such candidates. The Vice President of the PCC, Jot Singh Bisht said that the SEC had asked the state government to clarify its stand on the educational qualification for the candidates of OBC category. Similar explanations were sought on the stand it should take on the candidates who had two children but later adopted children or the candidates who have more than two children but their one progeny was adopted by someone. Bisht said that no response was given by the state government on the questions raised by the SEC due to which a condition has arisen where the ROs are using their discretion in deciding over the fate of such candidates. “Due to the stand taken by the government a condition has arisen where different rules are being used for one election,’’ he said.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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