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Ghaziabad SDM acts tough,fines leaders,parties for defacing walls

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the Sub District Magistrate of Ghaziabad has penalised leaders,including BJP president Rajnath Singh,and political parties for defacing public property in the area.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Ghaziabad | Published: March 28, 2009 2:20:33 am

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the Sub District Magistrate of Ghaziabad has penalised leaders,including BJP president Rajnath Singh,and political parties for defacing public property in the area.

Besdies Rajnath Singh,who is contesting from Ghaziabad,Congress candidate Surendra Goyal and Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Amarpal Singh were sent notices,asking them to shell the fine imposed for defacing public property and warning them not to violate the guidelines of the Election Commission.

“Rajnath Singh’s name was painted on a wall in Bhambhata area of Ghaziabad. The painting was 1100 sq feet broad,so he was fined Rs 1 per sq feet,” Additional District Magistrate Sunil Kumar Srivastava said.

“As not all political parties have announced their candidates,posters and hoardings have been put up and walls have been painted. This is being done through party offices and the district party presidents are responsible for it,” Srivastava said.

So far,the district administration has imposed a fine of Rs 3200 on the BJP for putting up three banners,10 hoardings and one wall-writing. The Congress has been fined Rs 2525 for 28 banners,two hoardings,12 posters and 5 wall-writings. The BSP has been fined Rs 2700 for four banners,two hoardings,20 posters and two wall-writings,and the Samajwadi Party Rs 200 for one poster.

Also,inquiries have been ordered in two cases in which public meetings were held without taking permission from the district administration.

“One public meeting was held in Moradnagar while the other was held near Niwadi by National Loktantrik Party. We are investigating whether both the meetings were duly approved by the administration or not. If not then FIRs could be lodged in both the cases,” Srivastava said.

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