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Updated: February 6, 2014 01:10 IST

‘Money played a big role in 3 southern States during polls’

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Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Bhanwar Lal
Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Bhanwar Lal

The Election Commission of India flagged Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for having the highest incidence of money playing a key role in the elections.

In his first-ever meet ahead of polls, Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Bhanwar Lal said poll expenditure as well as paid news was the highest in these States during last couple of elections.

States such as Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh too have been identified as sensitive in terms of excessive and undue expenditure during polls.

Speaking at a session organised by the government on ‘Election Expenditure Monitoring and Paid News’, Mr. Bhanwarlal said: “It was found that over 50 per cent of the candidates have reported expenditure much lesser than the actuals. Some of the press entities are found to be directly working for political parties. The incidence of paid news too was very high.”

He, however, said the desired morals were displayed in States such as Assam where payment for votes was strictly opposed by public. “Offering or taking money for voting in polls is a crime. One can be imprisoned for a year for committing such a crime. The media should play a major role in educating public in this regard,” said P.K. Dash, Director General, Election Expenditure, ECI.

Warning media houses against airing paid news, Mr. Dash said the Press Council of India would take serious action against such publishing houses.

Free Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Teams along with magistrates would be deployed in the polls to keep a tab on the flow of liquor and money.

Shame to southern India. The parties TDP, YSRCP, TRS, BJP, Congress,
DMK, AIDMK are doing all these activities. Election Commission is over
burden due to these anti Democratic anti Constitutional parties.
Distribution of money and liquor to the people for votes is anti
people, anti democracy, anti constitutional, and hence they are anti

Election commission has to declare if any person activist or so called
leaders of that party will distribute money, liquor and other things for
people for votes, the party presidents of those parties will be
arrested and put in jails in addition to the distributors, to save

Ex Election Commissioner JM Lingdo once told that the Political leaders
are cancers to India.

Election Commission should create a fear atmosphere in the minds of So
Called leaders and their followers and slaves.

The parties are created some cadre for distribution of money and liquor,
to defeat democracy, Constitution

They should be curbed to save India.

from:  kameswara rao
Posted on: Feb 7, 2014 at 06:34 IST

Have anyone heeded to the warnings of the election commission in the past? Unless the election commission have policing powers and authority to prosecute the candidates for distributing money to the people in a special court. Trying candidates and prosecuting them in regular courts will take for ever.

from:  vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 21:49 IST

Source of funds for buying votes should be investigated . Buying votes
with money is a normal feature in Indian elections which should be

from:  kvenkataramam
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 19:28 IST

Who would bell the cat, as long as electorate stoops down for money
to exercise their franchise,the incidence of money flow will only
increase and increase.

from:  pvh prasad
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 06:36 IST

Shame! This is not democracy; its anarchy. Why can't we line up 50 politicians every month from all the statess for the next three years and shoot them like rabies dogs? India will be a better place.

from:  M.Padmanabhan
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 00:57 IST
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