Monday, January 9, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Cover all statues of Mayawati, BSP symbol in UP: CEC

Cover all statues of Mayawati, BSP symbol in UP: CEC
Press Trust Of India
Lucknow, January 07, 2012
First Published: 10:20 IST(7/1/2012)

Lighting near the statues of BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati and party founder Kanshiram ahead of the former's
birthday in Lucknow.
The Election Commission on Saturday said statues of chief minister
Mayawati and elephants, BSP's poll symbol, installed at a number of
places in Uttar Pradesh would be covered during the state assembly
"The Commission has decided that statues of the CM and elephants will be
draped," Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi told reporters here.

This would be implemented at the earliest as the matter was related to
the model code of conduct, he said.

"The idea is that no one should get political mileage. During
elections even photos of leaders put up in offices are removed," the
CEC said.

The issue was raised by various political parties at the meetings with
a team of the EC during its two-day visit to the state.

The CEC said during polls even calendars bearing names of political
leaders were removed.

Regarding opposition parties' demand for removal of some officers,
Qureshi said the Commission would take a view after a thorough
examination in Delhi.

"There was a complaint that the election machinery should be neutral,"
he said adding directives had already been issued to remove officials
posted at one place for more than three years.

Qureshi said during the meetings political parties raised several
issues like politicisation of officers.

There was anxiety and worry among political parties on matters
relating to black money, movement of cash and liquor, he said.

Political parties voiced concern over use of religious places for hate
speeches, the CEC said.

"They also demanded that instead of the state police, central forces
should be used," he said.

The parties were assured that their neutral conduct would be ensured,
the CEC said.

He said during their visit, reviews with division-level officers were
also held and they were told to maintain strict neutrality.

On unaccounted cash, the CEC said till today Rs 7.5 crore unaccounted
money had been seized in the state.

He said the Income Tax department has been deeply involved in checking
movement of cash at airport, hotels and through hawala operators.

"For tight watch, 102 expenditure observers and 403 assistant
observers, all from IT and revenue services, are being deployed.
Besies 403 general observers will also be deployed," Qureshi said.

The CEC said a close watch on production and sale of liquor would be kept.

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