Poll Talk: EC norms on aircraft use

The Election Commission of India has issued guidelines regarding the use of aircraft and helicopters during poll campaigning.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:January 16, 2012 3:47 am

Chandigarh: The Election Commission of India has issued guidelines regarding the use of aircraft and helicopters during poll campaigning. If the candidate or worker of a party also travels in the aircraft of the star campaigners,then 50 per cent of the expenditure will be booked to the candidate’s election expense account. In the case of security guards or medical attendants accompanying the star campaigner,however,the expense incurred would not be added. If journalists travel with the star campaigner,then 50 per cent expenditure of their travel would be borne by the candidate.

Relief for unemployed

Jalandhar: With candidates hiring the campaigners on a daily wages basis,the new trend has brought some cheer to the state’s unemployed youth. The wages will be provided to them after the elections. The youth are engaged to organise meetings,Nukkad rallies and also campaign door-to-door for the respective candidates. “I am campaigning in favour of a candidate from Jalandhar North constituency for Rs 300 per day and free food,” said a youth of Kishanpura locality. Like me there are around two dozen daily wage supporters with the same candidate,he added.

‘BPL families receiving building material’

Mansa: Congress candidate Ajit Inder Moffar from Sardulgarh has alleged that the panchayat at Jhirni village is distributing construction material to BPL families for building their houses. Under the Centre-sponsored scheme,a BPL family is supposed to get Rs 45,000 in two instalments. But instead of giving cheques,according to the Congress candidate,construction material is being given directly to the beneficiaries. District electoral officer C S Talwar has asked him to submit a written complaint. The Congress has also complained about cheques being distributed under the shagun and old age pension schemes.

Unaccounted Rs 21 cr seized

Amritsar: Unaccounted cash worth Rs 21 crores has so far been recovered and handed over to the Income Tax Department,while around 3.73 thousand litres of illicit liquor has also been seized,after the model code of conduct,came into force in Punjab. Disclosing this today,the State Election Commission also mentioned that the expense incurred on the distribution of peanuts and sweets,after a rally of Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Darbara Signh Guru at village Dhilwan in district Barnala,has been added in the candidate’s expenses.

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