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Kamal Nath alleges some govt employees harbour ‘secret’ affection for BJP

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Kamal Nath said in Hindi: “Kamal Nath ki chakki chalti hai der se par bahut bareek peesti hai (Kamal Nath’s wrath is slow but very furious).” 

 

Piplani (Budhani)| Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath on Monday alleged that some government employees in the state harboured a “secret affection” for the BJP and warned them to be ready to face his “wrath” when his party comes to power.

Addressing his first rally in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan‘s assembly constituency, Nath said in Hindi: “Kamal Nath ki chakki chalti hai der sey par bahut bareek peesti hai (Kamal Nath’s wrath is slow but very furious).”

The Congress leader, who is seen as one of the front-runners to be his party’s chief ministerial candidate, alleged that some government officials were biased in favour of the BJP that was ruling the state for 15 years.

Such government servants do not sport the badge of the saffron party but “secretly keep it in their pockets,” Nath said.

He also cautioned police officials in the same breath, saying they should “respect the uniforms they wore.”

“Remember you have taken an oath. All officials should remember that there will 12th (December 12) after the 11th (December 11).”

“Yaad rakhna, 11 ke baad 12 bhee aata hai,” he said in Hindi, referring to the December 11 vote-counting day when results for 230 assembly seats would be known. Elections would be held on November 28 for the state assembly, where the BJP has ruled for the last 15 years.

The Congress stalwart, a nine-term Member of Parliament from Chhindwara, was holding a public rally in support of the Congress candidate from Budhni, Arun Yadav, who is also the party’s former state president.

Nath urged voters to give a “chance” to him and Yadav instead of chief minister Chouhan this time.

“I will consider Budhni a part of Chhindwara and will usher development here with the help of Arun Yadav. We will create history in Budhni,” he said at his last rally of the day.

The former union minister also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chouhan, saying how will they clean Narmada and Ganga rivers that they have promised to do when they did not have “clean intentions”.

“They instead cleaned the banks,” Nath said referring to alleged multi-core bank scams that have come out in public in recent times including by defaulter businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.

He urged local voters to dislodge Chouhan from the seat, saying it will usher the way to progress for them and also across the state.

Nath alleged that Madhya Pradesh has become “number-one in unemployment, corruption, rape and sand mining” under Chouhan’s rule.

“For 15 years, you have suffered a government of loot and lies. It’s time to change this,” he said.

Nath talked about the development work he did in his parliamentary constituency of Chhindwara and asked Chouhan how many people had got scholarships or health care facilities in Budhani.

Before taking a helicopter to the state capital Bhopal, about 140 km from here, the Congress leader alleged that Prime Minister Modi’s flagship schemes like Start-Up India, Make in India and Digital India have all failed in this area.

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Madhya Pradesh HC dismis Congress’ plea over EVM malfunctioning

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Bhopal | The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday rejected Congress party plea demanding an SIT investigation in connection to the EVM malfunctioning during the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

The High Court bench refused to intervene in the matter as it found the response filed by the Election Commission satisfactory in the case. The Congress party in its plea had expressed concern over the lack of adequate security in some districts in respect of polled/unused EVMs and VVPATs. The Congress party also alleged that attempts were made to tamper the EVM and VVPAT machines in Bhopal, Satna, Shajapur, Sagar and Khandwa. “Separate facility was created to keep the unused reserve EVMs after polling was held. These were kept within the vicinity of EVMs used in polling in all the assembly seats,” alleged Congress

The Election Commission rejected such allegations and claimed that all necessary instructions were issued well in advance for safe upkeeping of polled EVMs, VVPATs, unused/reserved EVMs and VVPATs at the end of the poll.

However, the Court reserved its decision over plea filed over the counting of VVPAT slips along with that of EVMs.

 

 

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Madhya Pradesh: 745 EVMs, VVPAT machines replaced; Congress writes to CEC on snags

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Bhopal | As many as 745 EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were replaced Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh, where voting for the Assembly elections is underway, a senior poll official said.

The announcement by state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao came after Congress leaders claimed that EVMs at many places had malfunctioned.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

The Guna MP said the Election Commission should compensate for time wasted in replacing the EVMs by extending polling time in those booths.

“Several reports are coming from across the state that EVMs are not working. This has been affecting the polling. Long queues are being witnessed in the city. EC should immediately take decision. The EVMs should be changed,” state Congress chief Kamal Nath tweeted.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter.

The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. There are 2,899 candidates are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, are on poll duty and 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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Madhya Pradesh polls: Many EVMs malfunctioning, claims Congress

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Gwalior | The Congress on Wednesday claimed that some EVMs malfunctioned during the ongoing Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections and demanded that polling be extended.

Polling is underway to elect the 230-member Assembly, where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are fighting for supremacy. It is being held between 8 am and 5 pm in 227 seats and between 7 am to 3 pm in three Naxal-affected segments.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter. The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, have been deployed on poll duty across the state, where 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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