MCC being brazenly violated in J&K: Harsh
Jammu, October 08: Accusing the state govt of violating the model code of conduct enforced by the J&K Election Authority on the eve of BDC elections in the state, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister today sought initiation of appropriate proceedings against the delinquent authorities. He said that the model code of conduct had come into operation with the issuance of Election notification for BDC elections on 1st October as per the orders and guidelines issued by Chief Electoral Officer of the state.
Pointing towards the provisions enshrined in the “code of conduct” for BDC elections, Singh said that regulation No. 5.2, 5.4 and 5.6, in particular, had been violated by the govt and its functionaries calling for the immediate intervention of the Election Authority. He said that regulation No. 5.2 provided that “no vehicles belonging to govt or local bodies or public undertakings or cooperation institution or any other institution receiving govt grants shall be provided to any Advisor/Minister or MP or MLA/MLC” except the “security vehicle as per threat perception”. And likewise, he pointed out that, regulation 5.4 lands down that Ministers and Advisors “shall not announce any new scheme or even make an announcement of such scheme”.
He regretted that the Advisors had floated both the said provisions as they were not only using govt vehicles and carrying cavalcades of official vehicles with them in grievances redressal camps but also making announcements of new schemes during their meetings with the people. Only in yesterday’s newspapers, revealed Singh, there were news items of two Advisors holding public grievances camp in Kashmir and issuing instructions to the accompanying officers for addressing the concerns of the people who had assembled in large numbers. He further revealed that announcement with regard to “establishment of new tribal hostel in the valley, extension of electricity schedule by seven hours, provision of hassle-fire electricity at the earliest, augmentation of power infrastructure in Gurez, provision of adequate supply of fuel, gas cylinders in Kashmir etc were made in violation of the guidelines contained in regulation 5.4 of the code of conduct.
Likewise, a third Advisor held a meeting in Anantnag where several announcements were made with strict directions to officers to take follow up action on priority. Further instructions were issued to govt functionaries to address the concerns of the people assembled on the occasion with the clear cut objective of favouring the ruling party”, observed Singh.
Another violation of the code of conduct related to the issue of advertisements at a public expense which was barred under regulation 5.6 of the guidelines issued by the CEO. The said provision divulged Singh, categorically stated that issue of advertisements at the cost of public exchequer in the newspaper and other media during operation of MCC intended to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulosity avoided. The govt, however, was issuing advertisements on day to day basis enumerating the benefits of Art 370 abrogation which had been the political slogan of BJP and which is being politically encashed and used by the said party as its electoral trump card, rued Singh. He said that the said Advertisement was being regularly issued in the newspaper even after the invocation of Model Code of Conduct with the Election Authority acting as a mute spectator. The issuance of transfer orders of civil servants during the currency of MCC on day to day basis completed the mockery, maintained the NPP Chairman.