The Congress has claimed that it is the first to appoint all booth-level agents authorised under the new arrangement by the Election Commission of India for on-the-spot changes/corrections in electoral rolls for Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was in the city to address the booth-level agents 2,237 of them were appointed for the constituency represented in the Lok Sabha by Mukul Wasnik.
The agents will effect the changes,if any,in consultation with government booth-level officers to modify the rolls at the booth level itself as against the earlier system of the rolls being sent to state-level party functionaries.
There had been a demand for the system in 2008. But it couldnt be implemented in the 2009 elections. Ramtek is the first constituency where the party has completed the process, Wasnik told mediapersons.
The Ramtek agents will have three sittings with government booth officers on September 19 and 29 and October 6 to decide on the corrections/modifications needed, he added. The CM exhorted the agents to strive to work for the partys success.
Congress state in-charge Mohan Prakash and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre were also present. Talking to the media later,Chavan said the state had sent a proposal to the Centre to grant Rs 1,180-crore aid for the rain-hit Vidarbha farmers though excess rains is not defined as a natural calamity.
Central officials will soon visit the region to assess damage, he added.
The CM said the party workers should remain alert to gauge the possibility of pre-poll violence triggered by parties interested in polarisation. Asked if there are specific inputs to the effect,he replied in the negative.
Mohan Prakash taunted the BJP with an oblique reference to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The RSS says its a cultural organisation. What was Bhagwat doing in Delhi for the last three days, he asked.