Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Alleging that large-scale irregularities are taking place in the process of cooperative elections in Madhya Pradesh, slated to be held next month, state Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh today urged the State Election Commission to announce fresh election dates of elections, after nullifying it.
“The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party regime is in a hurry to conduct the elections in February to avoid the conditions of the Vaidyanathan package which recommends to conduct elections by an independent commission. The registration office is working at the behest of the BJP,” Mr Singh said in a statement here.
He also alleged that despite the elections are being held sans any party affiliations, the BJP is rejecting the Congress-supported candidates’ forms while accepting the BJP-supported candidates with “faulty” requisitions.
“The BJP is also adopting partial attitude in reservation process. The cooperative movement has received a severe jolt due to BJP’s undemocratic stance and it turned out to be worse during the BJP’s nine-year rule,” Mr Singh said.
The Congress leader said that the Centre provided Rs 2,000 crore to the cooperative societies in the state through the Vaidyanathan package but the funds were frittered away by corrupt means.
He urged that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should conduct the elections under the Election of Commission of India after scraping the ongoing election process.