Act of political vendetta by CM: Nandlal

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Mumbai, Mar 28 (UNI) State Chief Election Commissioner Nandlal today charged that his two-day incarceration was an act of ''political vendetta'' by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Talking to reporters at his office here after his release, Mr Nandlal, the 1969-cadre IAS officer, who is the senior most in the State, said that since he had not approved the recommendations of the Chief Minister in the delimitation of Latur, he was being targetted.

''I am talking to my lawyers on the future course of action and will tell you the same at an appropriate time,'' he told reporters.

He said a code of conduct violation case was still pending against the Chief Minister, pertaining to the Pune local bodies elections. The complaint in this regard had been made by present Water Conservation Minister Ajit Pawar.

On the issue which came up before the Privilege Committee and which subsequently led to his incarceration, Mr Nandlal said the Commission wants that internal elections of local bodies should be held at a proper time. He cited cases of 76 panchayat samitis where the internal elections did not take place at a proper time.

''I had given a written reply to the committee, though I did not approach personally,'' he said.

Mr Deshmukh had made a complaint against Mr Nandlal with Justice Kuldip Singh, Chairman Delimitaton Commission, in 2006. In his letter, Mr Deshmukh had denied ever pressing Mr Nandlal on Latur's delimitation.

Recalling his over 12-hour stay in jail, Mr Nandlal said he had home-made food in the night and then went to sleep. He was released this morning at 0700 hrs.

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