Mangaluru: MLC Ivan D'Souza on April 16, informed that he would file a complaint with Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada about the reported harassment of the common man by the election officials in the name of the Model Code of Conduct.
Addressing a press meet at the District Congress office, Ivan said, "In my 30-year-long political experience, I have never seen such attitude displayed by the election officials. The officers are unnecessarily harassing the people."
Elaborating on one such recent incident, Ivan said, " An organisation complained that the officials intervened at an eye testing camp held by it and prevented it from distributing spectacles prescribed by the doctors."
He also said that the common man, who cannot even hold a private function peacefully, suffers because of such overzealous actions. He even alleged that the officials were asking people not to invite politicians to weddings. He said, "I will bring this issue to the notice of DC and Election Commission."
Speaking on the elections to be held on May 12, Ivan said that the election was a battle between truth and lies, dictatorship and democracy, ugly rich and abjectly poor, divisive forces and uniting forces.
To a query on Moodabidri Constituency ticket given to Abhayachandra Jain, Ivan said, "I had put forward my name as he (Abbaychandra Jain) had said that he will not contest elections this time. Now party has given ticket to all sitting MLAs and I will abide by the party's decision."
"I have worked to create favourable climate for Congress Party and its candidate in Moodabidri. The network that I have established there will help him to win the election. If he (Jain) wants me to work full time for his constituency, I am ready for that too."
Condemning Kathua incident, he said that the Congress Party will hold protests in all the Taluks on April 17.
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