Election Commission strict regarding Mainpuri Lok Sabha by-election, summoned reply from SSP, SP had complained

Mainpuri: The by-election on the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh has now become an election of prestige. On the one hand, the Samajwadi Party is leaving no stone unturned to retain its stronghold. On the other hand, BJP has given its full strength to penetrate the impregnable fort of SP. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has sought explanation from SSP Mainpuri and Etawah regarding the violation of the Commission’s instructions on transfer and deputation of police officers. Along with this, the Election Commission has directed SSP Mainpuri to relieve 6 police officers. SP leader Prof. Ramgopal Yadav had complained to the Election Commission.

In the letter issued by the Election Commission, instructions were given that SSP, Mainpuri, under the said transfer and appointment policy, Sub-Inspectors Suresh Chand, Kadir Shah, Sudhir Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Satya Bhan and Raj Kumar Goswami should be transferred to the respective assembly constituencies, where they are currently. Are posted, immediately relieve from there. Also, the Commission has sought an explanation from the Mainpuri SSP as to why disciplinary action should not be initiated against police personnel for not following the extant instructions of the Commission and the relevant provisions of the Model Code of Conduct while making transfers and deputations.

On the other hand, SSP Etawah should give his explanation on why disciplinary action was not taken against the SHOs of four police stations – Vaidpura, Bharthana, Jaswantnagar and Chaubia – for giving long leave without prior permission of the commission after the Model Code of Conduct came into force. Go

In continuation of the instructions, the Election Commission has directed the Chief Electoral Officer of UP that the deployment of security force related to the ongoing by-election for 21-Mainpuri parliamentary constituency, under the supervision of the concerned General and Police Observer, following the prescribed procedure of randomization etc. be done strictly. Randomization of the local police force is the cornerstone of the existing instructions of the Commission to ensure impartiality.

In order to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, the DEOs of all election districts have also been directed to ensure that the extant instructions of the Commission, relevant provisions of law and model code of conduct are followed in letter and spirit. The Commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, has given these directions after consultation with Election Commissioners Anoop Chandra Pandey and Arun Goyal.
Input- Abhay Singh

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