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CM Virbhadra’s close relatives and other supporters join BJP ahead of HP Assembly polls

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Virbhadra Relatives join BJP in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh is all set to go to polls on November 9, 2017.The political activity is witnessing an upsurge.

On Thursday – the day the Election Commission of India announced the date of polling for the upcoming elections for the HP Legislative Assembly – Virbhadra Singh received a setback.

CM Virbhadra’s sister-in-law Vijay Jyoti Sen along with brothers-in-law Veer Vikram Sen formally joined the BJP along with dozens of other Congress supporters in the presence of BJP’s state in-charge Mangal Pandey, MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, and Virender Kashyap.

Vir Vikram Sen, who has remained the Congress’s Block President for Kasumpati segment, had left the party in 2012 after his wife was denied a ticket. She has contested the 2012 polls against MLA Anirudh Singh as an independent candidate and lost. 

The sources said the name of the Vijay Jyoti Sen being considered as one of the ticket aspirants from Kasumpati assembly segment.

Apparently, the opposition has found substantial material to portrait the rebellion in the Congress party. The BJP cited the event as a proof of ongoing deterioration in the Congress.

However, BJP is also not free of infighting. The polling date has been announced and the BJP has still not declared its candidate for the elections. It still remains a suspense for the former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and for his loyal party leaders.

On the other side, The National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, at a rally held in Mandi district, had announced Virbhadra Singh as the Congress’s candidate for the seat of the Chief Minister again.

“The Modi government appears to be putting pressure on the EC to defer announcement of Gujarat elections along with Himachal to suit its political ends, alleging that it was done to ensure that a model of conduct – that does not allow announcement of sops – would not be enforced before PM Modi’s rally, said the Congress

The active presence and increasing political activity of the Union Minister JP Nadda and the way Prime Minister Modi had showered overwhelming words of appreciation on him during a rally in Bilaspur district, justify this suspense and delay in the announcement of CM candidate. 

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Ban Speaker Rajeev Bindal, IPH Minister from Campaigning for Constantly Violating Model Code of Conduct, Misusing Govt Machinery: HPCC to CEO

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Rajeev Bindal and IPH Minister Mahender singh violates Model Code of Conduct

Shimla-Bharatiya Janata Party-led Himachal Pradesh Government is misusing government machinery and power in the by-elections to Pachhad (55) and Dharamshala (18) assembly constituencies, thus, violating Model Code of Conduct, alleged the HP Congress Committee in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer on October 14, 2019.

The memorandum was submitted by a delegation led by Hari Krishan Himral, political secretary to HPCC President, Kuldeep Rathor.

It’s pertinent to mention that Congress had expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning of the Electoral Officers, alleging that they are working under the pressure of the current government. Congress has also decided to hold a protest rally on October 15, 2019, against the inaction of the Electoral Officers against violators of MCC despite the submission of documentary proof.

The HPCC, in the memorandum, said that it has been constantly reporting violations of Model Code of Conduct in the poll-bound constituencies. Dr Rajeev Bindal, Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, is violating Vidhan Sabha Act by holding meetings in favour of BJP candidate. Congress said it has given documentary proof of his holding meetings in Naina Tikkar of Pachhad Constituency on October 4, 2019, and in Thakur Dwara on October 10, 2019. Bindal has already received a notice from the Election Commission, seeking his reply over allegations of campaigning in Pachhad constituency.

The Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh Thakur, has been camping in Pachhad constituency to lure voters by adopting unfair means and malpractices, Congress alleged. On his orders, the IP&H Department unloaded trucks full of GI pipes which are now stacked in different locations in Naina Tikkar, Rajgarh, Rasu Mandir, Dilman and Wasni panchayats, Congress alleged.

The Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, has been informed through SDM and Police complaints have been filed about violation of Code of Conduct by government officials, Ministers and Speaker. However, the DC is allegedly behaving as an agent of BJP itself, Congress said in the memorandum.

Misuse of government property like rain shelters, National Highway, both in Pachhad and Dharamshala, is being regularly reported, Congress alleged. They are being used to paste posters in favour of BJP candidates which is prohibited in MCC, it said. Congress said it has submitted four different complaints to the State Electoral Officer since October 9, 2019, but it appears that ministers, Speaker and government officials are not bothered to follow directions from the Election Officers and they still continue to violate MCC. BJP wishes to sabotage the by-elections by their misconduct and adoption of unfair means, it alleged. 

Congress has urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ban Bindal and Mahender Singh from campaigning for these elections for their misconduct and violation of MCC along with passing strict instruction to administration and police department to immediately remove stacks of GI pipes from the said locations and remove posters, hoardings and banners from government properties like NH and rain-shelters in both constituencies.

Congress also enclosed photographs with the memorandum as proof.

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Speaker Rajeev Bindal Violating MCC by Campaigning for BJP, Misusing Official Machinery, Alleges Congress in Complaint Filed with EC   

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Speaker Rajeev Bindal violating MCC, complaint filed with HP EC

Sirmaur-Rajeev Bindal, the Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Legislatively Assembly, is openly taking part in Bharatiya Janata Party’s electoral campaigns, alleged HP Congress. Congress has filed a complaint with the HP Election Commission over this violation of Model Code of Conduct and urged it to take an action. 

Campaigning for the by-election to Pachhad and Dharamshala seats to be held on October 21, 2019, is in full swing. However, Congress has been alleging blatant MCC violations by Speaker Bindal and Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh in Pachhad constituency. On Thursday, Congress staged a protest and shouted slogans against Rajeev Bindal’s rally in Thakurdwar of Pachhad constituency. 

Congress has expressed shock over the way Model Code of Conduct is being violated in the constituency ahead of the by-election. It said the officials of the Election Commission have closed their eyes to deliberately ignore these violations.

The President of HP Congress Committee, Kuldeep Singh Rathore, on Thursday advised Rajeev Bindal to resign from the position of the Speaker if he wants to get indulged in politics. He said Bindal is supposed to uphold the dignity of his constitutional position. As the speaker,  he is supposed to be neutral. However, Kuldeep alleged, he is undermining the dignity of his position by campaigning for the ruling BJP openly. Further, Kuldeep had said that black flags would be shown to Bindal whenever he would be found campaigning. 

Kuldeep has also warned the Election Commission that if no immediate action was taken on the complaint, then Congress would not hesitate to protest against the EC and would knock on the door of the court if required.

It’s pertinent to mention that Congress has also alleged the Deputy Commissioner of Sirmaur of working like an agent of BJP instead of an Electoral Official. Congress has demanded that the DC should be transferred to ensure a fair election.

Congress has also alleged the Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh, of misusing government machinery for election campaigning and luring voters. In a press conference organized yesterday, Kuldeep had alleged both Rajeev Bindal and Mahender Singh for misusing official machinery to woo the voters in Pachhad constituency.

He had also mentioned that a couple of days ago, a truck carrying pipes used to construct poly-house was caught in Rajgarh. He had alleged that these pipes were being supplied on the directions of the Minister Mahender Singh to lure farmers.

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Video: BJP in Himachal Alleged of Luring Voters, Blatantly Violating Model Code of Conduct

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BJP MCC violation in Sirmaur

Sirmaur-Ahead of by-elections to Pachhad Constituency of Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party has been alleged of violating Model Code of Conduct by Congress on Tuesday. As per Congress, its candidate Gangu Ram Musafir along with other party workers caught a truck carrying pipes. He alleged these pipes belong to the Irrigation and Public Health Department, which were being transported to some village in Rajgarh.

Congress alleged that these pipers were being transported to different places of the constituency on the directions of the BJP leader and I&PH Minister Mahender Singh Thakur to lure voters.

Congress workers stopped a truck near the Rajgarh bus stand and questioned the driver about the supply of pipes. The driver could not provide them with a satisfactory answer. He said that the pipes were supposed to be transported to somewhere in Gattadhar.

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Following it, Congress has filed a complaint with the police and the Election Commission regarding the alleged supply of the pipes. As per the report, a police team and officials of Election Commission visited the spot after receiving the complaint. The SDM, Rajgarh, Naresh Kumar, has sought a report regarding the case. The SDM said that these pipes were being supplied by a Mandi-based company to five farmers in Singhad area.

According to Musafir, two such vehicles were caught at two different places. He alleged I&PH Minister of blatantly violating Model Code of Conduct.

Congress leader Ram Lal Thakur alleged that Ministers of ruling government have been heard of luring voters in villages by offering them instant water and electricity connection. Electricity poles are being erected overnight, he alleged.

Now, Congress is gearing up to file a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner.

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