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EC serves notices on Jagan

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Notices for nine cases of “paid news” in his favour


Notices based on a report of the District-Level Media Certificate & Monitoring Committee

Notice also served on Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy, says Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal


—Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Poll talk: Senior leaders from the Congress and TDP meet Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

HYDERABAD: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday served notices on Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, candidate in the Kadapa Parliamentary constituency, in connection with nine cases of “paid news” in his favour by ‘Saakshi Daily' and television channel owned by him.

Mr Reddy has been asked to reply to the notices before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, explaining why such “paid news” should not be included in the expenditure allowed by the EC as per the norms. Depending on his reply, action will be taken against him, announced Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal.

The notices were based on a report of the District-Level Media Certificate & Monitoring Committee appointed by the Election Commission. Mr Reddy can appeal to the State-Level Committee headed by additional chief electoral officer.

Speaking to reporters after convening an all-party meeting to discuss steps to make the by-elections free and fair here on Tuesday, Mr. Bhanwar Lal said a notice had also been served on Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy, Congress candidate from Pulivendula, as he allegedly addressed an election meeting in a government college in Kadapa. He too had been asked to reply to the show-cause notice by 5 pm Wednesday.

The CEO warned candidates in the fray against canvassing for any contestant as such an act would amount to code violation. If a candidate in the contest sought votes for another, he/she would turn into a dummy and all the privileges extended by the EC, including security, would be withdrawn.

He said 17 companies of Central forces had arrived as “advance” party and their deployment would be made during the next two days.

Meanwhile, the cash seized from various vehicles etc in Kadapa district during searches by flying squads reached Rs. 2 crore. The DGP has been asked to verify if police misused powers while binding over 9,802 persons so far.

At the all-party meeting attended by D. Veerabhradra Rao (Telugu Desam), M. Gangadhar (Congress) and C. Umamalleswara Rao (Praja Rajyam), the CEO promised to consider their plea for choosing election agents from any where in the district.

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