Extravagance * Manjit Singh Khalsa may introduce spending limit for candidates
The prestigious elections of united cycles parts and manufacturers association (UCPMA) will not be having many lavish parties like those witnessed in previous years. If the presiding officer Manjit Singh Khalsa is to be believed,this year they will fix an expenditure limit for the candidates and they will not be allowed to issue unlimited promotional advertisements in newspapers.
This year,only one day has been fixed for organising parties while campaigning will start only after September 9.
Khalsa said,In previous elections,I have seen lavish parties being hosted by the candidates to woo the voters and these parties used to last weeks. However we will curtail this expense in the current elections.
Candidates used to host parties for thousands of people in resorts and served the best brands of liquor. Road shows and door-to-door campaigning also used to be part of the process. There was no check on promotional advertisements of candidates to win elections. Due to such high expenditure,the elections could be fought only by those with the deepest pockets.
Khalsa said,It is a body for the small and large bicycle manufacturers and everyone has the right to contest elections. So a cut on expenditure is being considered.
Meanwhile,the distribution of biometric cards started on Wednesday and the first card was given to MD of Avon cycles Onkar Singh Pahwa. A total of 600 cards were distributed.
D S Chawla,President of the united cycles association,said,The old cards will be no longer be valid to cast votes. The last date to submit pending dues is September 7 and only those members whose outstanding dues are clear will be eligible to cast votes.