| BJP leaders show the memorandum in Patna on Friday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, April 4: The BJP today demanded from the Election Commission (EC) to remove two district magistrates and a deputy superintendent of police from poll duty for their alleged bias.
The party’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy submitted a memorandum to a three-member team of the ECI, which started its two-day visit to the state today to oversee the preparations for the upcoming general elections starting April 10.
After holding parleys with the ECI team headed by election commissioner H.S. Brahma, the senior BJP leader said the party has demanded immediate removal of the district magistrates-cum-district electoral officers of Purnea and Supaul. At the same time, the party has sought EC’s intervention to shift deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) of Bhojpur to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.
Accusing the JD(U) of harassing the BJP workers, Rudy said the JD(U) was misusing the government machinery for the purpose. “It seems that some officers are working as JD(U) workers and not as public servants,” Rudy told reporters.
The memorandum submitted to the ECI team comprising Brahma, Alok Shukla and Vinod Zutshi, both deputy election commissioners, alleged that some government officials belonging to a particular caste were posted in the field before the announcement of the elections. “We have furnished the list of such officers to the visiting team and requested not to engage them in poll-related work,” Rudy said.
The JD(U) spokesperson, Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, however, rubbished the accusations of the BJP. “Such a statement is an indication that there is disappointment among the BJP leaders,” he said.