Mandya: Mandya Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Mr Nanjundaswamy has demanded immediate transfer of the Mandya deputy commissioner and superintendent of police claiming they are acting like agents of the Janata Dal (Secular).
In a letter to the Election Commission of India, he said Mandya Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer N. Manjushree allowed the Janata Dal (Secular) to hold a rally in a public park on March 25 in which over 2 lakh workers came on 50,000 two-wheelers from five neighbouring district, to support Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
They totally spoiled the public park and damaged structures. However, the DC did not take any action. Nanjundaswamy said the DRO committed another mistake with regard to the nomination papers of Nikhil who had filed incomplete papers. On March 27-the day of scrutiny of nomination papers, she received a rectified copy of Nikhil's affidavit which was a big blunder. Though, she admitted that she had accepted the incomplete nomination papers, the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate was allowed to submit a fresh affidavit that amounts to disregard of election guidelines.
Another error committed by the DRO, according to him, was the allotment of the serial numbers to candidates. He being a candidate of a national party, should have got serial number one in the absence of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress candidates. However, Nikhil has been allotted serial number one in the ballot paper by flouting all rules. This has given a feeling that the DRO is acting like an agent of the Janata Dal (Secular). The ECI must intervene and ensure that the mistake in the ballot paper is rectified.
The ECI must also transfer both the DC and the SP immediately to conduct the polls in a free and a fair manner, he said.