Maharashtra: State Election Commission seeks report on ‘auction’ of Sarpanch post

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To avoid the election, some local leaders have allegedly offered to spend large sums of money out of their own pockets for village development to be elected unopposed to the post of Sarpanch.

Taking cognizance of the alleged auction for the post of Sarpanch before the Gram Panchayat elections to be held on January 15 in Maharashtra, the State Election Commission has asked all the District Collectors of the state to give a report in this regard. This instruction of the Commission has come after the increasing complaints about the ‘auction’ of the post of Sarpanch.

Some candidates have allegedly promised that if elected unopposed as sarpanch or head of village governing council, he would spend a large amount of his money for the development of villages. State Election Commissioner UPS Madan has asked the District Collectors to give an immediate detailed report about the village where there is only one candidate in the field before the official announcement of the appointment of the candidate as the village head.

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“The commission will review the report and inform the concerned district magistrate about the announcement,” Madan said in his directive. A senior official of the commission informed that the Gram Panchayat elections in the state have been postponed for about a year. Officials said that the commission has received a complaint about the alleged auction of this constitutional post.

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He pointed out that elections should be held in a fair manner and the use of money to influence the people is illegal. He said that surprisingly elected representatives like MLAs have also come forward and made such an offer.

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To avoid elections, some local leaders have allegedly offered to spend large sums of money out of their own pockets for village development to be elected unopposed to the post of Sarpanch.

(This news has not been edited by the NDTV team. It has been published directly from the Syndicate feed.)

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Maharashtra: State Election Commission seeks report on ‘auction’ of Sarpanch post
Maharashtra: State Election Commission seeks report on ‘auction’ of Sarpanch post

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