Ahead of the state election in Chhattisgarh, the former chief minister Ajit Jogi has written to the Election Commission of India demanding that liquor shops be either closed down or that it be monitored by the poll panel itself.
Jogi, who is also supremo of the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J), said that the state government is itself running the liquor shops making it all the more probable that it might be utilized in the election.
It is in this context, Jogi said in his letter, that it is essential that central poll panel makes suitable arrangement on this issue to ensure free and fair election.
Jogi also demanded immediate stop to the disbursal of smartphones under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana.
He stated in the letter that the smartphone comes with pre-loaded software and can be misused to unduly influence the voters.
Thus the smartphone disbursal need be stopped with immediate effect, Jogi mentioned in his letter.
The letter to handed to the Chhattisgarh Chief Electoral Officer Subrat Sahoo and is addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner.
He has made several other demands as well.>