‘Code will not come in way of gold buyers’

Special Correspondent

Buyers must produce receipts: Manivannan

‘No restriction on quantity of gold purchase’

MYSORE: Those who intend to purchase gold on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on April 27, there is reassurance from the authorities enforcing the model code of conduct.

Individuals need not be perturbed over harassment from officials engaged in conducting surprise checks and random inspection and all they need to do is to carry the receipt from the jewellers.

The Deputy Commissioner and the district election officer, P. Manivannan, said here on Wednesday that there was no restriction on the quantity of gold anybody may purchase or the amount an individual may carry for any purpose. But the amount had to be accounted for and on demand the receipt had to be produced for verification, he added.

The exercise was not intended to harass genuine gold buyers, but the public should cooperate by leaving behind their name, address and contact numbers with the jewellers and collect the receipt and produce the same during verification, Mr. Manivannan said.

The authorities said they were tracking down all bank transactions and had noted down the currency serial numbers which had been withdrawn. In case money withdrawn from an ATM counter in Mysore on Sunday was found to be circulating in other town and it came to their notice, they would question the individual and try to connect the dots and work backwards to trace the origin of the currency note.

The authorities have seized Rs. 1.3 crore in raids conducted across the Mysore constituency. In addition, 1,574 cases have been booked for violation of the code of conduct. Of them, 1,053 cases have been registered in Mysore city, 188 in Mysore rural and 333 cases in Kodagu

Perceiving a possibility of political parties tapping the Sthree Shakti Kendras for distributing money or receiving cash, the authorities have warned that the registration of such organisations will be cancelled and action will be taken against the accused.

Notice to JD (S)

Mr. Manivannan has directed his staff to ascertain the origin of an SMS doing rounds in the constituency seeking votes for the Janata Dal (Secular) purely on the basis of caste. The attention of Mr. Manivannan was drawn to the contents of the SMS and he received a copy of it following which, he asked B. Ramu, nodal officer, to look into it.

The SMS exhorted “Vokkaligas” to rally behind the Janata Dal (S) to “show our strength and wipe out the BJP’s Lingayat politics”. Mr. Manivannan said it amounted to clear violation of the poll code and said it would not be difficult to track the origin of the SMS. He said a notice would be issued to the party seeking an explanation. It was, however, clarified that SMS seeking votes on the basis of development programmes or any concept would not amount to the violation of the code.

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