Poll heat picks up,as do code violations

Alcohol distribution,fights between candidates and illegal occupation of government property are some of the complaints received by the Delhi Election Commission,in violation of the model code of conduct.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 1:39 am

Alcohol distribution,fights between candidates and illegal occupation of government property are some of the complaints received by the Delhi Election Commission,in violation of the model code of conduct.

An independent candidate reportedly broke the lock of a government building in Rohini,to use it as his campaign office.

“He was arrested and later let out on bail. He had broken the seal of a government building and had erected a tent outside. As soon as this came to our notice,he was arrested. The building has been sealed again,’’ Chief Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said.

The Commission said there have been several complaints of illegal distribution of alcohol. “We got such a complaint from Outer Delhi on Wednesday and an FIR was registered in this matter,’’ said an official.

The panel has also received video recordings,in the form of CDs,as evidence of alcohol distribution.

Complaints have also been registered for the use of drums,and the instruments have been confiscated. Besides this,there have been four FIRs against candidates who got into fights during their campaigns trails.

Meanwhile,BJP on Monday demanded that police cases be registered against Delhi Congress leaders who are allegedly misusing government machinery to ensure victory of party candidates.

In a letter to State Election Commissioner and Delhi Police Commissioner,BJP alleged the city government,led by the Congress,was violating the poll code.

“The city government is misusing government officials,machinery and position on a large-scale for ensuring victory of Congress in the municipal polls,” Delhi-BJP chief Vijender Gupta alleged. He claimed that Congress was using government sites — BRT Corridor,Akshardham,Bhairon Marg and Ashok Vihar — for election campaign.

The party also alleged that one of Congress MLAs was misusing officials of Delhi State Co-operative Bank for ensuring victory of a particular candidate.

Gupta claimed that an employee of the bank was seen campaigning for Congress and was handed over to police. He demanded that police should take action against the candidate and the MLA.

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