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Notice to BJP candidate; scrutiny adjourned

Karnataka Bureau

37 nominations in 11 constituencies rejected


Scrutiny put off following complaints on MPLADS

Decision on nomination will be taken on Monday


BANGALORE/DAVANGERE: The Election Commission on Saturday adjourned the scrutiny of the nomination papers of Bharatiya Janata Party candidate and sitting MP for Davangere, G.M. Siddeshwar, following complaints of violation of norms in the execution of the MP’s Local Area Development Scheme.

Reply sought

The decision on whether his nomination papers should be accepted will be taken on Monday after Mr. Siddeshwar replies to a notice served by the Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district seeking an explanation regarding the complaints.

Allegations

The polling agents of an independent candidate and the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate in Davangere have alleged that Mr. Siddeshwar had released Rs. 79 lakh from his MPLAD Scheme to Sri Shaila Education Trust of which he is the president. They also alleged that he had executed the work of constructing bus shelters in different parts of Davangere city under the MPLAD Scheme through GMIT Engineering College, which is one of the educational institutions run by Sri Shaila Education Trust.

‘Misuse of powers’

They maintained that under the Representation of the People Act (9-A) no MP could award contract and release grants to any organisation with which he was associated. They alleged that releasing funds to the institution of which he is the president, amounted to misuse of powers and funds sanctioned to him.

The scrutiny of another nomination in Mysore has also been put off.

37 nominations rejected

The Election Commission on Saturday rejected 37 nominations of the 248 filed in the 11 Lok Sabha constituencies going to the polls in the second phase. The papers were rejected after scrutiny.

Mysore stood first in terms of number of rejections with eight nominations found to be not in order, followed by Haveri (7) and Mandya (5). Three nomination papers each were rejected in Dharwad, Hassan and Dakshina Kannada and two each in Davangere and Shimoga and one each in Udupi-Chikmagalur and Chamarajanagar constituencies.

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