Red warning: CEO cautions ministers against use of beacon light

The office of the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has sounded a warning that action will be initiated against any minister found moving in a private vehicle with the red light on it.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: March 26, 2009 12:15 am

The office of the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has sounded a warning that action will be initiated against any minister found moving in a private vehicle with the red light on it.

This comes close on the heels of the election authorities seizing a private car with beacon light installed on top of it,which Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel was found using in Vadodara recently.

The State CEO’s office was prompted to issue

this warning when it learnt from media persons that some of the ministers

came to attend the

weekly Cabinet meeting at the Sachivalaya on Wednesday morning in private cars having the beacon light.

“We have issued a

directive to all the

district election officers (who are also collectors) across the state to initiate action against any minister found travelling in a private vehicle fitted with

the beacon light in their

respective areas,” T Natarajan,Additional CEO (in-charge of poll-related complaints and model code of conduct),said.

The issue figured at the weekly press briefing by State CEO Anita Karwal on the preparations for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in Gujarat on April 30.

During the course of the briefing,journalists drew the attention of the CEO to certain ministers having come to the Sachivalaya in private cars fitted with the beacon light.

To this,Karwal said it was a serious matter,and immediately asked Natarajan to look into it.

She said the use of

red light on private

vehicle would not only amount to the violation of the model code of conduct,which is in force in the state,but also becomes an offence under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Karwal said she had also issued instructions to the Gujarat State Roads Transport Corporation’s managing director as well as the managers of all the bus depots across the state to remove advertisements,if any,on the ST buses carrying photographs of ministers and highlighting achievements of their

government.

She has also asked the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation authorities to remove ads from the AMTS buses.

Meanwhile,about 96,000 bottles of indelible ink

of 10 cc each will be

used on the polling day

in Gujarat.

The CEO’s office has initiated the process of getting supply of these bottles from the Election Commission-approved company based in Mysore.

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