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IAS group slams slur on Jindal

- Plea sent to poll panel

Agartala, April 29: An IAS officers’ association in Tripura has demanded filing of an FIR against “persons responsible for violating the law by resorting to extreme measures like burning of effigy of chief electoral officer Ashutosh Jindal”.

This comes as a new twist after to the ongoing controversy triggered by “baseless allegations” and “wilful personal vilification campaign” launched by Tripura’s Opposition parties against Jindal.

The IAS Officers’ Association, Tirpura chapter, held a meeting on Saturday and condemned the “personal vilification campaign” launched against the chief electoral officer. The group also condemned the language used in the media on the basis of comments made by the leaders of Opposition political parties.

Asserting that the “vilification campaign” against the chief electoral officer was setting a wrong precedent, the statement suggested that the parties and persons making allegations turn to the “existing mechanism” of the Election Commission to have their grievances redressed.

A copy of the resolution enclosed with a letter to the chief election commissioner was released by the IAS Officers’ Association, Tripura chapter, for media today.

While taking strong exception to the language used and actions of some political parties, the president of the association and additional chief secretary K.V. Satyanarayana condemned in “strongest terms the personal vilification campaign against the chief electoral officer”.

He urged the Election Commission to initiate strong action to curb the violation of the code of conduct by persons and parties in Tripura.

The Opposition parties have been speaking about protesting against alleged “largescale rigging and irregularities” in the April 7 and April 12 Lok Sabha polls to the state’s two seats.

Both the Congress and Tripura Gramin Vikash Congress (TGVC) have decided to call a general strike on the day of counting of ballots on May 16.

They have also been personally targeting Jindal for a minor irregularity, telecast by a local cable channel on April 14 — almost a week after the April 7 elections to the West Tripura seat.

But the election department here has already taken action against the presiding officer who committed the irregularity in the Bishalgarh Assembly segment under West Tripura seat but the personal vilification campaign against Jindal has been continuing.

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