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MP bye-elections: Point Counter Point

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Bhopal: An NDTV bye-election analysis with the heading “Congress’ Madhya Pradesh Results Should Concern Rahul Gandhi” tries to ring the alarm bell for the Congress party instead of showing the full mirror to the ruling Bharatiya.Janata Party.

The piece in question, obviously meant for the ignorant and the gullible, leaves aside almost every aspect of BJP’s reckless campaign in Kolaras and Mungaoli and targets the Congress by raising  the issue of groupism and focusing more on its reduced margin of victory by stating: “This was the last electoral contest before Madhya Pradesh votes for its next government and the vastly reduced margins of victory for the Congress (it held both the seats) should worry the party. The results are a pointer to the battle-ready formidable BJP election machinery which served up a tough fight to Scindia after 14 years of Shivraj Singh Chouhan being in power.”

Lalit Shastri counters:

The NDTV piece is by someone who is either serving a narrow agenda or else knows nothing about electoral politics and all the factors that have led to the outcome of the just concluded bye-elections in Madhya Pradesh. What has been churned out as election analysis only serves the interests of the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

One could compare Congress’ latest victory margin with the 2013 election only if money power and the ruling party’s reckless electioneering had not been a factor. In these elections, there are reports to support the charge that money was being channelised by the ruling side during the final stages of electioneering. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and so many ministers were also engaged in announcing goodies despite the model code of conduct. The Chief Minister was even admonished by the Election Commission on this count….Also it should not be forgotten that last time, the winning candidate was late Mahendra Singh Kalukheda – a towering figure. His victory margin should not be compared with that of a lesser known face this time….Let the BJP, a clear loser use the victory margin theory to build a smokescreen to cover people’s disenchantment, but such a projection was not expected from ndtv…..It’s time to acknowledge Congress party’s victory in full measure.

Also, it is not appropriate to paint this as an electoral battle only between Shivraj and Scindia. It was Scindia, as the most popular face of the Congress, pitted against team Modi, represented by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar – a political heavy weight from Gwalior, team Amit Shah, represented by BJP national vice President and former State BJP Chief Prabhat Jha, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his dozen and half ministers who campaigned with no holds barred, the ruling BJP led by Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and also the committed babus.

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Polling held for MP bye-elections

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Bhopal: Polling was conducted today for the bye elections to fill the vacancies in two Assembly Constituencies of Madhya Pradesh – Mungaoli in Ashok Nagar district and Kolaras in Shivpuri district.

While polling in Mungali touched 69.35 per cent at 4 pm, the polling percentage at the same time was limited to 58.75 per cent in Kolaras.

In a mock polling drill, 15 VVPATs in Kolaras and 17 VVPATs in Mungaoli were found to be malfunctioning. These were replaced. About 9 am, a voter at Kolaras lodged his protest saying: “I have been standing in queue for the past one hour, voting has not started since the EVM is not working”.

With the conclusion of today’s polling the voters have sealed the fate of Mahendra Singh Yadav in Kolaras and Brijendra Singh Yadav in Mungaoli. From the ruling BJP side, Baisahab Yadav and Devendra Jain are in the fray from Mungaoli and Kolaras respectively.

These elections, would be setting the trend for the Assembly elctions in Madhya Pradesh later this year. While the prestige of State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is at stake especially since the BJP suffered defeat at the hands of the Congress in the recent bye-election for the Chitrakoot Assembly seat.


Election Commission takes steps to ensure free and fair elections in Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has responded to media reports and demand raised by a Congress party delegation on Saturday in connection with bye-election from Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST) Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh and in order to ensure the correct functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) being deployed in the two Assembly constituencies, the Commission has decided to depute two teams of officers of the Commission along with technical experts.

The Congress delegation that met the Commission demanded the Commission to ensure free and fair election and absolute neutrality of officers.

The Election Commission, in a statement has said that the integrity of the EVMs and the VVPATs to be used in the polls will be
demonstrated to the complete satisfaction of all stakeholders by the team. These teams will remain in the Assembly Constituency till the counting is over.

It has been decided to depute a team of high revel officers led by Bhanwar Lal, CEO Andhra pradesh (chief secretary level officer) to supervise the bye-elections in MP. The team will also include R. K. Srivastava, Senior Principal Secretary and Varinder Kumar, Principal Secretary. These teams of senior officers will supervise the implementation of all administrative and security instructions of the ECI for the conduct of elections.

The Commission has said that it is committed to conduct entire erectoral process transparently, fairly and to the complete satisfaction of stakeholders including the esteemed voters. ECI will always hear and redress genuine and credible suggestions from stakeholders to further strengthen the electoral system.

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