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Lalit Modi hits out at Gehlot govt, claims harassment

Press Trust Of India
Feb 27, 2009 at 06:35pm IST

Jaipur: Questioning the raids on petrol pumps owned by members of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, its president Lalit Modi on Friday said the Ashok Gehlot government was "intimidating" voters of the RCA elections slated on March 1.

The petrol outlets of two RCA members, Mahendra Sharma and M Nahar, in Udaipur and Bhilwara, were raided on Friday in a joint operation of District Supply Office, Weight and Measurement Department (Industries) and oil company officers, Modi told PTI over telephone from Mumbai.

"Immediately after the raids, the two owners got anonymous calls advising them to contact Srimat Pandey, special secretary to the Chief Minister Office in Jaipur. This is direct interference in the election process by the Gehlot government," he alleged.

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Though the elections are being held under the supervision of retired Justice of Supreme Court NM Kasliwal, Modi claimed the state government wanted to win it by scaring away voters with the help of various agencies, Modi said.

"This is illegal, the Gehlot government is harassing me and RCA members, I will fight till the end," he said.

In a joint operation, the petrol outlet, named "Nahar Brothers" and owned by M Nahar at Pur Road, Bhilwara, was raided and stock records, measurement and stock density were cross checked. The joint team later moved to another outlet near the Bhilwara district, sources claimed.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Industries (Weight and Measurement) Manohar Kant said it was a routine check in every district and a detailed report on specific raids would be compiled later tonight.

Nomination papers are being scrutinised at RCA, the withdrawal of nomination papers will take place on Saturday, and election will be held on March 1.

Modi is fighting for re-election to the president's post.

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