IndiaCatalog.com
India News
Search Web Directory
News Home
Election Commission talks tough on model code violations ahead of state polls
Posted on 11th January 2016
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has, ahead of polls to five assemblies, cracked the whip on violations of the model code of conduct (MCC), and separately asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj to explain recent comments made in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Significantly, in both the missives, the EC cited a recent Supreme Court order banning the use of religion and caste to woo voters.

The EC told all recognized national and state political parties in a letter on Tuesday that political parties and their leaders should “desist from making statements to the effect of creating disharmony between different sections of society on the basis of religion as the same disturbs peace and tranquillity” which are necessary for free and fair polls.

“The commission will not remain a silent spectator if the provisions of the law or MCC are violated and no one can do it with impunity. The commission will take action for any violation under all powers available,” the EC warned.

In the first censure—of Sakshi Maharaj—the EC cited the same 2 January Supreme Court ruling while sending him a showcause notice to which he has to reply by Wednesday.

The EC told Maharaj that he “wilfully disobeyed” the apex court’s order by making the “expunged statements”.

It invoked the MCC’s provision that “there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feeling” and the Representation of People’s Act (RPA), which says “promoting enmity between different classes of society in connection with election on the ground of religion is an electoral offence.”

“The commission has received a complaint dated 7 January from INC (Congress) that you have in a meeting at Meerut on 6 January made statements, which if read in entirety have the effect of promoting enmity between classes of society in connection with elections on the grounds of religion,” the letter said.

Similar tough talk from the poll watchdog preceded the assembly election in Bihar last year. This time, however, the Supreme Court order imposes further restrictions on political parties, giving the EC stronger legal backing.

Experts welcomed the action.

“I think it is a very good move by the EC and it appears that it has been taking a stringent, pro-active stance in the ongoing polls. However, what is important is that a serious action must be taken and they should not be let off with just an apology,” said Maj Gen (retd) Anil Verma, head of the New Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms think tank.

In another communication to all the chief electoral officers of the five states, the EC said that the cost of putting up hoardings or advertisements should not be borne by the public exchequer. The EC reiterated its stand that hoardings or advertisements which “project achievements” of leaders or parties should either be removed or covered.

The EC also set up a screening committee made up of chief secretaries on complaints relating to MCC violations. They have been asked to scrutinize complaints and list them before the commission in order of priority.

With an eye on the “timely disposal of clearances sought under MCC”, the committee will examine such proposals before routing it to the EC.

Polling in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur is spread between 4 February to 8 March. The model code came into force on 4 January when the EC announced the poll schedule.


Other Latest News
Microsoft India most attractive employer brand, Amazon ranks second: Survey
Posted on 25th April 2018
Technology giant Microsoft India is the most 'attractive employer brand', followed by e-commerce major Amazon India, says a survey.

According to the findings of Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2018, the other most attractive employer brands in India include Hindustan Unilever, IBM India, ITC Group, Larsen & Toubro, Mercedes-Benz India, Samsung India, Sony India and Tata Consultancy Services.


ArcelorMittal, Numetal have pending cases, can't bid for Essar Steel: Kroll
Posted on 25th April 2018
Indian lenders will discuss a forensic audit report prepared by Kroll, a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm, which said bids by both ArcelorMittal and Numetal, a VTB Bank of Russia majority owned company, are ineligible to bid for Essar Steel. If the lenders decide to go ahead with the Kroll report, the first round bids by both ArcelorMittal and Numetal is likely to be rejected on Friday.

Wipro Q4FY18 results: Profit falls 20% to Rs 18 bn for the March quarter
Posted on 25th April 2018
Wipro on Wednesday posted over 20 per cent decline in its consolidated profit to Rs 18 billion for the March quarter, 2017-18.

The country's third-largest software services firm had registered a profit of Rs 22.67 billion in the year-ago period, as per Indian accounting norms.


SBI Life Insurance, HDFC Standard Life Insurance hit new highs
Posted on 25th April 2018
Shares of life insurance companies were trading higher in otherwise subdued market with SBI Life Insurance Company and HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company hitting their respective new highs on the BSE on Wednesday.

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company (IPRU) has surged 11% to Rs 460, extending its Tuesday’s 7% gain after the company reported better than expected results for the financial year 2017-18 (FY18).


TATA Motors to rev up overseas focus
Posted on 25th April 2018
NEW DELHI: Tata Motors is working on revamping its product portfolio and entering new large markets to strengthen its overseas presence once vehicles developed on its recently-unveiled advanced modular platform start hitting the roads in 2019.

aAs part of its transformation, the automaker, which took the fourth spot in the local passenger vehicle market last year, has made significant changes to its exports strategy.


» Post a FREE Classified Advertisement
Inviting Real Estate Agents, Job Placements Agents, Educational Institutes, Software Service Providers, Real Estate Builders, Marriage Bureaus, Travel Agents, Restaurant Owners, Health & Fitness Centers and other Local Businesses to Post a FREE Classified Advertisement on Cootera.com Classifieds Website.
Jobs in India India Real Estate Automobiles Matrimonials Beauty & Fitness

Add a comment for Election Commission talks tough on model code violations ahead of state polls
Please only use this form to enter comments on the above company. All comments are reviewed before they are displayed on the web site. Not all comments may be displayed. Check back with us to see if your comments have been displayed.
If you want us to email the comments posted by users, please Subscribe by email
Name*
Comments*
Security Code*
 

Be the first person to write a business review for Election Commission talks tough on model code violations ahead of state polls

Most Read News

Battle for Essar Steel: JSW plans to go solo if fresh bids are allowed

Ashok Leyland plans to redesign LCVs to target e-commerce sector

NTPC to float tenders to meet FY19 capacity addition target

TCS propels Tata group into Rs 10-trillion club; shares hit lifetime high

SBI Life Insurance, HDFC Standard Life Insurance hit new highs

More India News

Photo Gallery

Mahindra Thar(10 Images)Mahindra Thar.
Siddharth(12 Images) Siddharth
  India Web Directory
Business Profiles
Automotive Directory
IT/ITES/BPO Directory
Hotel Directory
Health Directory
Business Directory
Gems & Jewellery
Education Directory
Real Estate Directory
Agriculture Directory
Logistics Directory
Yellow Pages
NRI Guide
Photo Galleries
Global Web Directory
*** FREE India Classifieds
Order Premium Listings
Submit a Site
Business Reviews
Home
About us
Link to us
Advertise
Contact us
Google Search Keywords: India Catalog, IndiaCatalog, India Web Directory
    © 1999 - 2018 IndiaCatalog.com
    All Rights Reserved
Privacy Statement