JMM and Congress reaches state election commission over visit of BJP leaders

Ranchi: A delegation of leaders hailing from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress on Saturday reached the state election commission and handed over a memorandum through which they have raised objections over the visit of BJP leaders in Jharkhand despite a model code of conduct being implemented in the state in wake of panchayat polls.

The leaders of the two parties handed over the memorandum to Secretary of the Commission Radheshyam Prasad. They alleged that the leaders of the BJP were coming to the state to influence the panchayat polls as part of which in a planned way the visit of ministers has been scheduled in the rural areas.

JMM leaders Supriyo Bhattacharya and Binod Pandey said that a model code of conduct has come into effect in Jharkhand. Moreover, in the programmes of Ministers, the leaders and workers of the BJP will be participating which will impact the panchayat polls. The leaders said that in the 19 aspirational districts of Jharkhand visit of Union Ministers has been scheduled among whom are the likes of Arjun Munda and Annapurna Devi.

Rajeev Ranjan Prasad and Ravindra Singh of the Congress who were also part of the delegation said that the union ministers are also going to hold meetings with the officials of the state which is also violation of the model code of conduct, therefore, their visit should be immediately stopped.

Panchayat polls are scheduled in the state in four phases. Moreover, the process of filing nominations for the first phase commenced on Saturday. Though the polls are not brought held on party lines all the parties are actively working on the ground.

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