The ruling Janata Dal(United) is all set to launch its campaign on the bicycles in a big way for the upcoming Assembly elections.
The party has ordered 5,000 bicycles for distribution among its field workers for campaigning across the state. Hundreds of the bikes were being assembled in the Patna City locality of the state capital.
At the directive of the Election Commission, a preliminary investigation conducted by the district administration had revealed that 2,000 bicycles had already been assembled and kept inside a wedding hall prior to their distribution. However, altogether 5,000 bicycles had been ordered to a NOIDA-based firm.
During investigation, the officials were told by the local JD(U) leaders that the bicycles were being assembled for distribution among the party workers.
Additional chief electoral officer R Lakshmanan said that the district administration had sent its report on the matter. Saying that it did not come under violation of model code, he said that the JD(U) had purchased the bicycles for poll campaign purposes. “The party has said that it workers will move around the state while canvassing for its candidates,” he said. “The expenditure on them will be included in poll-related expenses.”
Earlier, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced that the JD(U) workers would travel through the constituencies on the bicycles to campaign for the party.
On Friday, the EC had ordered transfer of Bihar’s Home secretary Aamir Subhani along with nine district magistrates and seven superintendents of police.
The commission appointed 1983-batch IAS officer Sushir Kumar Rakesh as the new Home secretary. Among the officials transferred were Patna DM and SP, Sanjay Agrawal and Manu Maharaj, who had been transferred barely a fortnight ago. In their place, Pratima S Verma and Vikas Vaibhav were brought back as the Patna DM and SP respectively.
Courtesy: Mail Today