August 22, 2019 | 4:01 PM IST
madhya pradesh

Kamal Nath seeks name of ‘bias’ officers involved in poll duty

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has issued a letter to district party chiefs and candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha elections to send a list of Election Commission officers and employees along with their designations and proof of partiality on their part during poll duty.
Vijesh Lunawat vice-president of BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit, reacting to this said that the letter dated April 30 is duly signed by the MP CM Kamal Nath. The letter is a direct threat to government officers and employees engaged in election duty. He also termed it as direct interference in the functioning of EC as the on-duty employees work directly under the EC and not under the state or central government. The BJP has termed it as a clear violation of Model Code of Conduct. It is the duty of the commission to ensure things are carried out properly and by fair means.
It is not clear that once the names are submitted what would be the next action.
The Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja defending Nath’s letter said that the BJP is objecting to it because they do not want free and fair elections. Why are they insecure? No one is being threatened in the letter and it is a simple letter seeking names of persons with bias intentions. Madhya Pradesh goes to poll for 23 Lok Sabha seats on May 6, 12 and 19.

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