A group of former bureaucrats and diplomats wrote to the electoral commission on Thursday, demanding that it withdraw recognition of the Aam Aadmi party as its organizer Arvind Kejriwal reportedly sought to induce officials to help his team in Gujarat, a poll linked on the ballot, PTI reported.
The retired bureaucrats and diplomats said Kejriwal, at a press conference in Rajkot on September 3, repeatedly urged state officials to work in tandem with the Aam Aadmi party to secure his victory in the Assembly elections. The election is expected to take place by December.
Among the signatories of the letter to the polling committee are former Indian administrative service officers M Madan Gopal, Anand Bose, RD Kapoor, Subhash Chandra, K Sreedhar Rao and CS Khairwal and former diplomat Niranjan Desai.
“Mr Kejriwal called on public officials including police officers, home guards, anganwadi workers, state transport drivers and conductors and polling station officers to assist the PAA in the upcoming elections of state,” the group said in the letter to the chief election commissioner, according to India time.
Former bureaucrats and diplomats accused the Aam Aadmi party of trying to politicize officials and said they completely disapproved of such efforts. “We reaffirm that public servants are expected to be non-partisan and to serve the government and the people and to carry out the policies adopted by Parliament and the executive,” their letter reads.
The former bureaucrats have accused Delhi’s chief minister of violating the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1951.
The Aam Aadmi party sought to supplant the Congress as the main rival of the Bharatiya Janata party in Gujarat. Kejriwal has held several rallies in the state over the past few months.