The Election Commission has decided to videograph the wedding of Tej Narayan Pandey alias Pawan Pandey,the Samajwadi Party candidate from Ayodhya,in order to prevent the misuse of the ceremony to get political mileage during Uttar Pradesh elections. However,the EC has not said anything about the number of guests Pandey can entertain.
Pandey,who will get married on January 18,had cut short his list of guests from around 25,000 to100,lest the EC decides to put his expenditure on marriage under election expenditure,as per the model code of conduct.
Nephew of Jay Shankar Pandey,a Mulayam Singh Yadav loyalist and two-term MLA,this is Pandeys electoral debut.
The EC has said that they will keep a eye on marriages and community halls as these have been used during past elections for distribution of gifts or for serving food by candidates in order to influence voters on the eve of polls.