According to the Maharashtra State Election Commission, there were media reports about the auction of seats for the sarpanch (chief) and members of the gram panchayat of Umren and Khondamali. After verification of complaints, reports and audio-visual media reports, it was decided to cancel the election process. ”
Maharashtra State Election Commissioner UPS Madan has ordered the cancellation of elections in Umren village in Nashik district and Khondamali village in Nandurbar district, following allegations of auctioning the posts of sarpanch and gram panchayat members. By the state election commission office in Mumbai In a press release issued, Madan announced the cancellation of voting in both villages.
Media reports were received about the auction of seats
Quoting the statement of Maharashtra State Election Commissioner UPS Madan, the press release read, “There were media reports about the auction of seats for sarpanch (chief) and members of Umren and Khondamali’s gram panchayat. Tehsildar, Deputy – Reports were sought from departmental officers, election supervisors and collectors, and after verification of complaints, reports and audio-visual media reports, it was decided to cancel the process.
Fundamental rights are being violated due to pressure
The Election Commission had found that due to pressure from only a section of villagers, people desirous of contesting elections were deprived of the opportunity and, at the same time, voters were deprived of casting their votes in favor of the person of their choice. It violated the fundamentals of democracy and the model code of conduct.
The video of bidding for the post went viral on social media
Significantly, in a video that went viral on social media, a famous onion market was allegedly being bid for the sarpanch position. This incident is on 27 December. Bidding for the post started at Rs 1.1 crore and the final bidder offered more than Rs 2 crore. After the video went viral, Nashik Collector Suraj Mandhare had called for a report, which was submitted to the State Election Commission.
Video of Khondamali was also viral
A similar video of Khondamali also went viral. In this case also, the post of sarpanch was being auctioned. The winning bid was Rs 42 lakh – to be given for the construction of the temple. In this case also, Collector of Nandurbar Rajendra Bharu sent the inquiry report to the State Election Commission.
On the other hand, Nashik Deputy Collector Nitin Gawande, who is the coordinator of Panchayat Samiti, Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayat elections in Nashik district, confirmed the orders, stating that, “The entire election process has been canceled. A separate program will be announced later by the commission.
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