New Delhi: As Delhi prepares to vote on Saturday, political parties are making elaborate arrangements to manage the landmark election. While the Aam Aadmi Party claims to have deployed spy cameras to catch any attempt to bribe voters, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is drawing up an extensive booth management plan.
Accusing the BJP of "buying votes", the AAP said that it handed over around 6,000 spy cameras to its volunteers to record any attempt to distribute cash and liquor to lure voters. "We have information that BJP is distributing money, liquor and non-vegetarian food to the public and they are also seizing voter identity cards of poor," AAP leader Ashutosh said.
Terming it as an attempt to curb the practise of liquor and money distribution during elections, an AAP volunteer said, "the technology used this time allows the transfer of video recordings and visuals immediately from the spy cams to centralised war rooms set up by the party."
The BJP on the other hand, is leaving nothing to chance. In an elaborate booth management plan, the party is fielding one worker per 50 voters. With a strong cadre network and support of its affiliate outfits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 120 party MPs, several union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Uma Bharti along with many state leaders and chief ministers has campaigned for the BJP in the polls.
With less than 48 hours left for polling, the Election Commission, too, has intensified vigil in areas that are vulnerable to misuse of money, liquor and musclemen such as slum clusters and unauthorised colonies and areas bordering UP and Haryana. Neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have also put a 48-hour ban on the sale of liquor in the areas of the state bordering the national capital.
As many as 254 FIRs under the Arms Act and the Excise Act have been registered so far and 259 persons arrested. The Delhi CEO also said that Rs 32,20,000 have been seized till date and 252 cases of Model Code violations have been reported while 173 FIRs have been registered against different political parties so far.
Over 1.33 crore electorate will decide the fate of 673 candidates in the fray for the Delhi. According to the Election Commission, polling will take place at 12,177 polling stations, of which 714 have been identified as "critical".
For the first time, indelible ink will be applied with brush instead of wooden stick. "As many as 95,000 government officials have been roped in for election duty to ensure smooth conduct of the polling process. Besides, adequate numbers of security personnel will be deployed at all polling booths," Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said.