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Madhupur: State BJP rushes to ECI after FIRs on MP

Ranchi: A five member delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in the state, on Tuesday met with chief electoral officer (CEO) K. Ravi Kumar urging for Election Commission of India (ECI)’s intervention in connection to ‘untimely’ FIRs lodged against Godda MP Nishikant Dubey in different police station of Deoghar district.

Months after Madhupur bypolls in the state, Deoghar district administration on October 24 filed as many as five FIRs against Dubey accusing him under different charges of model code of violation. BJP has questioned the timing of the cases alleging political witch-hunting against the three time public reparative of Godda parliamentary seat.

State BJP’s general secretary Pradeep Verma led the delegation for formally submit memorandum addressed to ECI through Kumar. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Verma accused Deoghar administration of working as ‘agents of the incumbent government.’

“Model code of conduct isn’t in force at the moment but Deoghar district administration at the behest of deputy commissioner (Manjunath Bhajantri) has filed cases against our MP which is a clear cut case of political vendetta. We have urged ECI for its intervention in this incident,” said Verma citing how ECI had during the byelections in Madhupur had ordered removal of the DC (Bhajantri) for fair polls. After the polls, state government has reinstated Bhajantri as the DC of the district.

Notably, Dubey and local district administration has been at odds for long time as the former has been highly critical against Bhajantri charging him of various charges. Dubey has also been regularly targeting JMM-Congress-RJD alliance helmed by chief minister Hemant Soren at all platforms.

Reacting to BJP’s delegation’s visit, Congress’s spokesperson Satish Paul Munjini said, “The way BJP rushed to ECI proves that the saffron camp is trying to intimidate local district administration. Rather than trying to defend, BJP must instill some sense of discipline to its MP.”