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Congress accuses BJP of interfering in SEC's job

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‘It amounts to gross violation of rules'

Change of power: Outgoing president of the District Congress Committee Allamprabhu Patil handing over the party flag to newly elected president Sharanprakash Patil (centre) at the induction ceremony in Gulbarga on Wednesday.
Change of power: Outgoing president of the District Congress Committee Allamprabhu Patil handing over the party flag to newly elected president Sharanprakash Patil (centre) at the induction ceremony in Gulbarga on Wednesday.

The Congress has accused the BJP Government in the State of interfering in the functioning of the State Election Commission by issuing guidelines on reservation of seats for the zilla and taluk panchayat elections.

After assuming charge, MLA Sharanprakash Patil, the newly appointed president of the Gulbarga District Congress Committee, said here on Wednesday that the State Government's direction to the State Election Commission, which is an independent entity, amounted to gross violation of rules. “The Election Commission should reject these directions and go ahead with fixing the reservation of constituencies as per the norms,” he said.

Dr. Patil alleged that the BJP Government, which was jittery over the prospect of losing the zilla and taluk panchayat elections, had resorted to illegal acts to create a conducive environment for party candidates to win the elections.

“Irrespective of the illegal and unconstitutional measures taken by the State Government to turn the tide in their favour, Congress party workers should stay united and double their efforts to ensure victory,” he added.

He said that the BJP, which was given an opportunity to govern for five years, stood exposed before the people with infighting and greed for power. The failure of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to expand the Cabinet as promised, exposed the chinks in the armour of the party.

Dr. Patil, two-time MLA from Sedam Assembly constituency in the district and close supporter of Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, was a popular Youth Congress leader and president of the District Youth Congress for two terms before being elected to the Assembly.

MLC Allamprabhu Patil, outgoing president of the district unit of the Congress, in his brief address before handing over charge, said that Dr. Patil was taking over as president of the district unit at a crucial time, and the party should support him.

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