Congress senior leader Ram Lal Thakur has objected to the change in the selection procedure in the recruitment of police constables and also selection of election kanungo by the District Returning Officer here. He alleged that the both procedures point towards the favouritism by the BJP government.

While talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House Bilaspur, Ram Lal said in the police recruitment, ground test or field test had been made a fruitless exercise as it would fetch no marks for the final selection unless they were above 5 foot tall, which would give them only five marks.

He said it was strange that in a profession like the police services where the best able-bodied youth should be given top priority, this very aspect was being ignored and the final selection was being made on the basis of a written test and an interview.

The Congress leader also objected to the fact that the district election office had come out with an advertisement pasted on the notice board requiring an election kanungo for six months and informing only six “chosen” retired persons for interview, instead of adopting normal selection procedure. He said this election kanungo was to be appointed for the Naina Devi constituency. This clearly proved that free and fair election would be a far cry here.
Ram Lal Thakur urged the Election Commission to enforce the model code of conduct for poll immediately to ensure free and fair elections in the state.