CPI claims that in a backdated cabinet meeting, the state government has approved to convert some Government Aided Colleges to full-fledged Government Colleges by collecting huge money to use in the coming state assembly elections.
The Manipur State Council of the Communist Party of India accused the state government of abusing official powers and made a complaint to the Election Commission of India to look into the matter of issuing backdated official orders by different departments of Government of Manipur.
The CPI, in a representation on Monday claimed that as per reliable sources many departments of the Manipur state government are officially processing to issue backdated government orders after imposition of the Model Code of Conduct on January 8, 2022 with the announcement of state assembly election schedule by the Election Commission of India.
“Reliable sources said that the BJP-led Government in Manipur has taken some major decision backdated on January 7, 2022 in the name of Cabinet Meeting practically after the announcement of the election commission the backdated Cabinet Meeting has approved to convert some Government Aided Colleges to full-fledged Government Colleges by collecting huge money to use in the coming state assembly election,” the representation by CPI state secretary L Sotinkumar said.
It also stated that some students’ organisations have also openly made allegations regarding collecting huge money for the conversion of aided colleges to government colleges and local newspapers in Manipur have published it time and again. Not only this, many departments of the state government are processing files for approval to issue official orders to mint money to use in the coming election, the left party claimed.
Stating that the practice is against the practice of model code of conduct and abuse of official powers, CPI urged the ECI to seriously look into the matter, verify the veracity of all official approvals and orders of the state government which were not made public (by uploading on official websites, published in newspapers or displayed on notice boards of concerned offices) by January 8, 2022 by sending it to a forensic lab of national repute under the supervision of the Election Commission of India or any other better mechanism and take punitive action against those in power including ministers and high ranking officials in-charge of Finance and DP and administrative heads of departments who are involved in such undemocratic malpractice against the interest of free and fair election if any evidence of backdated signatures of any minister/official are found.