Congress asks EC to prohibit poll-bound states from using public funds for ads

By: Explicit Internet Desk | New Delhi |

Up thus a long way: September 9, 2018 Eight:35:22 pm

BJP President Amit Shah with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the ‘Gaurav Yatra’. (File)
The Congress on Sunday shot off a letter to the Election Rate of India, asking it to restrict the poll-certain states of Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from issuing any commercial by the utilization of public money to wait on their respective occasion’s political advantages.
Calling it an “abhorrent practice” and blatant misuse of funds, Congress stated the BJP governments of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were indulging in extravagant publicity on the declare’s expense by their campaigns for the upcoming Meeting elections.
“By manner of these yatras — Jan Ashirwad Yatra (MP), Gaurav Yatra (Rajasthan) and Vikas Yatra (Chhattisgarh) — it becomes very no longer going for the stylish man to scheme any distinction between the political agenda sought to be propagated and the bona fide schemes or programmes of the declare machinery, which too are then given a political colouring,” the letter, written by Congress leader Vivek Tankha, mentioned.
Addressed to Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat, the letter by Congress alleged that officers of the declare machinery were ordered to mobilise and combination paid crowd and to preserve the media cheerful, gargantuan ads were doled out. “Moreover, a massive preference of sites are extended bounties to preserve the fervour of ruling occasion in mind,” the letter stated.
Tankha, who is the chairman of the AICC Correct, Human Rights and RTI Department, requested the election watchdog to discipline peremptory orders to the Telangana chief secretary to make obvious that no public money is ragged by the caretaker authorities on ads till the elections. “This would possibly perchance perchance easy also embrace taking off all hoardings, banners and ads etc. for the time being in public domain forward of the dissolution of the declare meeting,” the letter stated.
Affirming that the “yatras” being utilized by the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh governments were occasion-motivated and had no component of public passion alive to, Congress demanded that chief secretaries of the respective states would possibly perchance perchance easy be sent an advisory “to quit all public expenditure” on them. “Officers of the declare machinery would possibly perchance perchance easy also chorus from supporting these Yatras with the exception of insofar as it entails the discharge of bona fide public duties,” Tankha wrote.
Congress also sought strict enforcement of a recent characterize of the Rajasthan Excessive Court docket, which has dominated that no authorities events would possibly perchance perchance easy be organised on the sidelines of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog stated no match for which funds were disbursed by the declare authorities would be held along the yatra route on the day it passes by.
“The Election Rate of India has the believe of the of us of India to behavior free and glowing elections. There would possibly perchance be now not any scope for ruling occasion in the poll-certain declare to be popular unfettered earn entry to and utilization of public funds for political good points,” the letter extra mentioned.

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