Following the Election Commission (EC) guidelines,an 85-member team of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) is busy removing hoardings from different parts of the city. However,no political party has paid even a paise as of now.
Till now,about 20,000 banners,hoardings or party flags have been removed by the team and a fine of more than Rs 25,000 has been imposed on various political parties which are in charge of removing these banners. However,no one has paid any money till now and more banners are yet to be removed from various parts.
MC Commissioner M S Jaggi said,We have given them a deadline to pay by Wednesday. If they dont come up,we will be giving them further reminders.
Interestingly,the authorities have no plans to punish the violaters who are still busy pasting posters on walls and roundabouts of the city. The MC Commissioner added,We will be deducting money from the expenditure of the candidates in case they fail to pay the amount.
However,it needs to be mentioned that the posters and banners removed so far are of party promotion because the majority of the candidates are yet to be declared by the political parties. So in that case,from which candidates account this money will be deducted is not known even to the officers till now.
Jaggi said,In that case,the DC has to decide who will be paying this penalty. But our team is making its best efforts to remove illegal hoardings from each nook and corner of the city.
Interestingly,the MC team did not swing into action till the EC tightened its noose. Many of the hoardings that have been removed now were in place for more than a month while many others are still in place in the inner markets and even on the walls in the form of posters.
Our team is on job and any new addition too will be removed soon, assured Jaggi.