Mangaluru, April 1, 2018: The model code of conduct for the forthcoming Legislative Assembly election being in force, DK DC Sasikanth Senthil has appealed to members of the public to inform the election officers about any non-political programmes to ensure that there is no violation of model code of conduct.
The model code of conduct will be in force till May 18 and the district administration has formed various teams to ensure that poll code is not violated.
Senthil said documents should be possessed mandatorily while transporting above Rs 50,000 in cash. Cash whch is transported without valid documents will be seized, he warned.
He said that if anyone found transporting above Rs 10 lakh cash even with valid documents, such cases will be handed over to the Income Tax Department for investigation.
A committee led by Zilla Panchayt CEO has been constituted to verify the documents related to seizure of cash, he added.
DC Senthil said that even clothes and liquor worth above Rs 10,000 cannot be transported. If such cases are traced, the materials will be seized, he warned.
BJP Mangaluru South committee president Vedavyasa Kamath has charged the officials working in the election section at Mangaluru City Corporation are not receiving the applications from political agents.
According to a direction from the deputy commissioner, political agents nominated by the political parties can submit 10 applications for the enrolment of voters to the electoral rolls, per day. There is scope for enroling the names in the voters’ list till the last date of filing nominations. But the city corporation officials are rejecting the applications, he charged.
Case against Rai : Alleging that District In-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai had convened a meeting and sought votes without obtaining valid permission at Pallamajalu in Bantwal TMC limits on Thursday, a case has been registered in Bantwal Police Station.
The programme was organised by Panemangalore Block Congress Committee. Based on the direction of Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr M R Ravi, the mobile squad has visited the spot and has collected the video footage.
Cricket tourney hit : The heat of model code conduct has hit even Padubidri Premier League Cricket Tournament being held at Padubidri Board maidan.
The flex boards and banners by MLAs Vinaykumar Sorake, former MLA Lalaji Mendon and other political parties wishing all the best for the tournament have been removed by the officials.
BJP flays EC move : The Election Commission’s direction to seek permission for organising private programmes, including marriage, house warming, religious functions, like Kola and Nema, has drawn flak from the BJP.
Udupi district BJP spokesperson Katpady Shankar Poojary said such move has hurt the religious sentiments of the people and is inconveniencing the commonman.
He said, “When T N Sheshan was the chief election commissioner, he had brought in reforms in the system by taking necessary measures to conduct free and fair elections. There were no restrictions for the private programmes then. The people in the district are well aware of organising religious programme without any political interference. The district administration should check illegal sand mining and matka cases.”