Chief Election Commissioner of India VS Sampat chairs a meeting of senior administrative officers at Narmada Bhawan on Wednesday.
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath today said a complaint received by the Election Commission of India (ECI) against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct during a poll meeting in Indore is being examined.
“A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met me in Delhi yesterday in this regard. The law will take its course,” he told media here. The CEC is in the Madhya Pradesh capital to review Assembly election preparations.
On BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar’s demand that the ECI take cognisance of the Patna blasts and monitor matters concerning security at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s poll meetings, the bureaucrat only said elections are not being conducted in Bihar.
Mr Sampath and other senior officers arrived here yesterday on a two-day tour. Late last evening, a meeting was conducted with all recognised political parties’ representatives.
This morning, he reviewed poll preparations with divisional commissioners, inspectors general of police, collectors, police
superintendents and other officials.
The CEC met the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police and issued directives.
Referring to suggestions and complaints received from parties’ representatives, he said, “Guidelines were issued in that regard during today’s meeting with officers.
A report will be sought and action taken in connection with some specific complaints.” In the context of mixing of Yoga, religious and cultural programmes with politics, Mr Sampath said that should not happen and prior permission is imperative for such events.
Officials were directed to check functions from becoming politicised.
“Distribution of relief following natural calamities does not amount to violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Officers were told about this. Such work may be continued,” he said.
Security of polling centres in dacoity and Naxalism-affected areas and in border districts constitutes a major challenge, the CEC admitted while adding that special attention is being paid to it.
“A paid news case relating to Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Narottam Mishra is pending before the ECI and action is being taken as per the rules,” he said.
Regarding Mr Mishra moving court in connection with the approximately four-year-old case, Mr Sampath said every citizen enjoys the right to approach the judiciary.