Uproar has poll body ordering review of House proposals

Over a hundred proposals related to development works,which were passed in the BJP-led MCD House last Friday will now be reviewed by the MCD Commissioner after the Congress complained against the BJP to the State Election Commission,alleging that the proposals were passed in violation of the code of conduct.

Published: March 13, 2012 3:30:59 am

Over a hundred proposals related to development works,which were passed in the BJP-led MCD House last Friday will now be reviewed by the MCD Commissioner after the Congress complained against the BJP to the State Election Commission (SEC),alleging that the proposals were passed in violation of the code of conduct.

The Congress had claimed that the BJP was trying to get ‘political mileage’ by passing these proposals. Some of the proposals passed included recommendations to change the recruitment procedure of officials,building of new schoolrooms and naming/renaming of streets.

“I had received a complaint regarding this on Friday evening. I have written to MCD Commissioner K S Mehra to review these proposals to see if any of them are in violation of the code of conduct,’’ said State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta.

Meanwhile,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also raised the issue on Monday. “These decisions were taken after the poll code of the conduct came into effect. The Congress workers have written to the SEC that this should be looked into,’’ said Dikshit.

Responding to Congress allegations,Delhi Mayor Rajini Abbi said,“The proposals like granting of sewing machines,renaming of roads and park were given anticipatory approval prior to the announcement of the date of notification of the election. There was no violation in sanctioning these proposals.”

Meanwhile,after the Congress approached the SEC,the BJP too knocked on the Commission’s door. Abbi on Monday demanded that the Delhi government’s advertisements in newspapers should be stopped with immediate effect. Abbi in a letter to the SEC said the Congress government’s advertisements violated the code of conduct.

“Despite the imposition of the code of conduct from March 5,the Congress-ruled Delhi government has been coming out with advertisements in newspapers. These advertisements violate the code of conduct and give a direct advantage to Congress in the civic polls. They should be stopped with immediate effect,” said Abbi.

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