Call of poll duty takes 70 IAS of­fi­cers away from state

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - SWEETY ADIMULAM

Seventy In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (IAS) of­fi­cers from Ma­ha­rash­tra have been de­ployed for elec­tion duty in five states – Ra­jasthan, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Te­lan­gana, Mad­hya Pradesh and Mi­zo­ram. Bu­reau­crats from the Ma­ha­rash­tra Hous­ing and Area De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MHADA), the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) and other gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions have been as­signed the task.

Dinkar Jag­dale, an IAS of­fi­cer and cur­rently, the chief of the Mum­bai Re­pairs and Re­con­struc­tion Board (MRRB), has been as­signed poll duty in Ch­hat­tis­garh. He said, "I am look­ing af­ter Kota con­stituency, 140 kilo­me­tres from Bi­laspur, Ch­hat­tis­garh. My role in­volves ad­dress­ing the griev­ances of vot­ers and for the same, helpline num­bers have been pro­vided. Be­sides this, I have to en­sure there is no tam­per­ing with the elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chine(EVM) and vot­ing takes place peace­fully." In Ch­hat­tis­garh it­self, there are 14 IAS of­fi­cers from the state, while the rest are on duty in other states, said Jag­dale.

Kota is the con­stituency of Renu Jogi, the wife of Ch­hat­tis­garh's first chief min­is­ter Ajit Jogi. She has been the face of the con­stituency for the past 15 years, con­test­ing on a Congress ticket. How­ever, this year, since her hus­band has formed his own po­lit­i­cal party, the Janata Congress Ch­hat­tis­garh (J), she is the face of this new party in the con­stituency. The lead­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the fray are the In­dian Na­tional Congress Party, the Janata Congress Ch­hat­tis­garh (J), and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).

Sim­i­larly, San­jay Khan­dare, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA), and Deep­en­dra Singh Kush­wah, chief of the MHADA's Mum­bai board, are in Hy­der­abad and Ra­jasthan, on poll duty re­spec­tively.

While vot­ing in Ra­jasthan and Te­lan­gana was held on Fri­day, in Mad­hya Pradesh and Mi­zo­ram, it was on Novem­ber 28. Polling in Ch­hat­tis­garh was held in two phases, on Novem­ber 12 and 20. Only af­ter the re­sults will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11 in all five states, will the Ma­ha­rash­tra IAS of­fi­cers re­turn to their home grounds.

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