Poll officer acted in arbitrary manner: Mulayam

Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged that the Mainpuri District Magistrate Ministhy S had exceeded her jurisdiction and acted in an arbitrary manner.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published:March 26, 2009 3:16 pm

Faced with a complaint of having threatened an Uttar Pradesh woman poll officer,Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday alleged that the Mainpuri District Magistrate Ministhy S had exceeded her jurisdiction and acted in an arbitrary manner.

“The District Magistrate had been going about stating that she would recommend a re-poll in all the polling booths recording 70 per cent or more polling in Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency in the coming elections,” Yadav alleged here and asked how can a district magistrate declare polling as invalid if 90 per cent voters exercise their franchise.

“How can a District Magistrate act in such an arbitrary manner? I will approach the Election Commission on this issue,” the Samajwadi Party supremo said.

Taking note of Mulayam’s controversial remarks against the District Magistrate at a meeting in Mainpuri,the UP electoral officer has forwarded a report along with the CD containing the footage to the Election Commission.

Yadav had warned that he would register a complaint with the EC against the DM whom he accused of losing her sense of proportion and not being able to differentiate between a criminal and a common man.

An angry Yadav had also suggested that she should get her “head checked” and asked her to mend ways within a week.

Yadav,who had been contesting assembly and Lok Sabha elections from the region in and around Mainpuri,cited records to stress that the area always registered a huge voter turnout.

“The officials of the district before making such a comment on the polling percentage in Mainpuri should look at the history of my victory margins in the previous assembly and Lok Sabha elections from Gunnaur (assembly seat) and Sambhal and Mainpuri (Lok Sabha seats),” he said.

Yadav said in Gunnaur,he had won by a record margin of 1.84 lakh votes when 90 per cent voters exercised their franchise while in Sambhal parliamentary seat in 2004,some areas recorded 99 per cent turnout and the overall voting percentage was 92 per cent.

“It (high voter turnout) was also challenged by my rival D P Yadav in the Supreme Court but his complaint was turned down,” Yadav said.

The SP chief asserted he had not made any derogatory comments against the woman poll officer. “I was speaking to my workers appealing to them not to be lax and ensure maximum turnout like earlier times on the polling day in Mainpuri.

“I am a disciple of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia…how can I make humiliating comments against a lady official.” he said.

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