Police officials trying to influence by-elections in the state at BJP’s behest, alleges MP Congress
In three different complaints to State Election Commission, Congress alleged that some police officials were trying to influence elections to give an advantage to the ruling party
The Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress on Friday alleged that after ‘buying’ 26 MLAs of the Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now trying to ‘buy’ police officials in the state to win the by-polls.
In three different complaints to the State Election Commission, the Congress alleged that some police officials were trying to influence the elections and misusing their powers to give an advantage to the ruling party.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh met with the state chief electoral officer Veera Rana on Friday and inquired about the action taken on complaints filed by the Congress.
In a complaint, the Congress alleged that some police inspectors were threatening Congress workers to vote for the BJP, assaulting Congress candidates’ kin while an ADG rank official was using his power to influence elections in his native district.
Providing a list of police officials with the documents, the Congress leader demanded removal of the police officers who were misusing their posts. In a complaint seeking removal of inspectors and ADG Bhopal Zone, Upendra Jain, Digvijay Singh claimed, “Since the ADG, Bhopal zone, Upendra Jain is a native of Rajgarh district and the district falls under his zone, he has been trying to influence the by-poll on the Biaora assembly seat of the district.”
He also provided a list of police officials allegedly working for the BJP in these by-elections in his complaint. “Many of the police officials are working like BJP workers,” he alleged.
In another complaint to the Election Commission, the Congress alleged that the brother of Congress contestant from Dimni assembly seat was beaten up by the police.
In another incident, a vehicle of a Congress worker was smashed and his house vandalised in Sumaoli. The BJP contestant is heard abusing Congress workers, whose audio clip has been submitted to the EC.
In Dinara of Karera assembly, a sub-inspector is openly campaigning for the BJP and threatening voters to support the saffron party or face dire consequences.
“We have submitted sufficient evidence and videos to prove our point and demanded immediate removal of the concerned officials,” said Digvijay Singh.
“The CEO, Veera Rana, assured that senior IAS officials have been tasked to look into the complaints related to the police department. She assured that action will be taken if they were found guilty,” Singh added.
Earlier on Friday, taking action on a Congress complaint of ‘illegal’ transfer of 12 IAS officials in by-poll bound districts despite the model code of conduct being in place, the Election Commission cancelled the transfer order and reinstated them.