Badal asks EC officials to act with restraint

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal charged election officials with creating confusion about administrative control in the poll-bound state.

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal today charged election officials with creating
confusion about administrative control in the poll-bound state
and asked them to act within parameters of the Constitution in
ensuring adherence to the model code of conduct.

"Unfortunately, the manner in which EC officials were
taking their decisions is causing confusion about the lines of
administrative control in the state and this can have negative
impact on the morale and efficiency of the law enforcing
machinery. That can be dangerous for peace and law," Badal
said in a statement here.
Expressing hope that the Chief Election Commissioner
"would understand and appreciate the concern of the state
government", he appealed to the CEC to ask its officials in
Punjab "to act within the parameters of their constitutional
brief" while treating the observance of the model code of
election conduct as their primary task.

"No one should over-step their constitutional mandate,"
he said adding "even during the election code period, there is
a democratically elected and constitutionally accountable
government in the state, whose primary responsibility it is
to maintain peace and law and order and to ensure smooth good
governance for the benefit of the state and its people."
The Chief Minister`s reaction came in the wake of
numerous directions from the EC on administrative matters,
including transfers of civil and police officers, disbursement
of grants in ongoing scheme and deferring the decision of the
state on abolition of Octroi (local tax) on petroleum products
sold in urban areas.

PTI

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