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Chandigarh Election Officer Issues Notice To Congress' Manish Tewari



The notice was also issued to the party’s Chandigarh unit chief HS Lucky.


The Chandigarh district election officer has issued notices to Congress party’s Chandigarh candidate Manish Tewari and the party’s state unit chief HS Lucky for the alleged violation of the Election Commission of India’s instructions.

According to an official statement, the DEO-cum-returning officer issued the notice to Mr Tewari and the state president of the Congress based on multiple complaints that “the Congress workers were engaged in the making and distribution of Congress Guarantee Cards in different areas like Maloya, Daria, Kishangarh, Manimajra, Bapu Dham Colony, EWS Flats Dhanas, whereby important details of voters were being collected by inducing them to vote in favour of Congress in lieu of promised guarantees in guarantee cards”.

Field reports which were obtained from flying squads in this regard by assistant returning officers reported that some of the residents had been made to fill such forms in which their details like name, address and phone number by the Congress party workers, it said.

“Following the examination of complaints and reports received, a prima-facie case of violation of ECI instructions was made out against the candidate and the political party at whose behest this illegal electoral activity is being done,” said the statement.

“The candidate and office-bearers of the Congress have been directed to immediately ensure that no such illegal electoral activity is done further,” it said.

It has been made clear that if any such illegal electoral activity is reported in the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency in future, immediate penal action will be initiated against the candidate and the office-bearers of the political party, it said.

“Show-cause notice has been issued to explain their position within 24 hours of the receipt of the notice, failing which they will be held liable for violation of the above-cited laws and of Model Code of Conduct and strict penal action as prescribed above in the law will be taken,” it said.

Referring to the ECI instructions issued on May 2, the statement said such practices are “in the nature of inducement to the elector, aimed at enticing the individual voters to vote in a particular way in lieu of a future benefit which is a prohibited activity under Section 123 (1) of Representation of People Act, 1951”.

This is also a violation of Section 171 (B) of the Indian Penal Code which deals with bribery an offence related to elections, it said.

Polling for the lone Chandigarh seat will be held in the last of Lok Sabha elections on June 1.

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