Five cases filed against some political parties on Wednesday
Three teams formed to prevent defacement of city by political parties Officials will prepare a list of those violating the rules
MYSORE: Though the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) is making efforts to beautify the city, the byelection has come as an obstacle to it with political parties putting up posters, hoardings, banners and buntings at their will.
Warning by the corporation authorities has failed in dissuading the political parties from doing so.
Poll observers have ordered the authorities to register cases under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981, against those involved in disfiguring the city with publicity material.
They have appealed to political parties to make use of public places for campaigning only after getting permission from the corporation authorities, and hinted that the expenses on publicity material would be included in poll expenditure of the respective candidates.There was an altercation between Congress activists led by MLA M.K. Somashekar and police over removal of party's banners and posters by the corporation authorities on the final day for filing nomination papers.
Tension prevailed at K. R. Circle for some time. When a few corporation personnel started removing posters and other publicity material on the grounds that they were blocking the view of the Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar's statue at the circle, the Congress activists took them to task. The corporation personnel, however, removed four posters amidst protest.
Commissioner of the corporation K.N. Chandrashekar regretted that despite issuing notice to the presidents of city units of all political parties for defacing the heritage city, nobody bothered to respond favourably.
The corporation had fixed charges for using public places for publicity purpose and the authorities could penalise them under the Act. The corporation had formed three teams to prevent defacement of city by political parties and remove publicity material.
Officials were in the process of preparing a list of those who were violating the Act, and action would be initiated against them, he added.
He said the authorities filed five cases against some political parties on Wednesday.