M.P. CM’s letter sparks controversy

At a time when the Lok Sabha election is under way, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, who also heads the State Congress unit, has written to the party office-bearers asking them to prepare lists of those government employees who they feel are “not unbiased”.

‘Model code violation’

Reacting angrily, the opposition BJP said that it amounted to violation of the model code of conduct. The party also said it would file a complaint with the Election Commission.

In the letter, written in his capacity as the State president of the Congress, Mr. Nath has sought details about those government officials and employees who according to Congress leaders are “biased”. The letter, dated April 29 and signed by the Chief Minister, is addressed to the Congress candidates, who are contesting the Lok Sabha election, and the district presidents of the party. “ …You are being asked to submit details like names, posts and departments of those officials and employees who are careless and not unbiased during the poll duty, to the MPCC.”

While six LS seats in M.P. went to the polls on April 29, the remaining 23 constituencies will vote on May 6, 12 and 19.


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