State BJP’s move to raise Rs 25 lakh as election fund from public has run into controversy ahead of Assembly elections. Leaders of National People’s Party (NPP) have submitted a memorandum to chief electoral office Ashok Jain complaining that the move is against the norms of the Election Commission and immediate action should be taken in this regard.
“When EC has fixed a limit of Rs 16 lakh for each candidate to contest elections, how can party raise Rs 25 lakh from people for the candidate from each constituency. This is strictly against the Representation of People’s Act and the norms of the EC. An immediate action should be taken against BJP,” said Sunil Bhargav working president, NPP. A memorandum has been submitted to the chief electoral officer in this regard and he has assured a suitable action, he added.
The NPP leaders have also demanded that the EC should ban all the 11 members of BJP’s fund raising committee from contesting the elections and their party symbol should also be seized.
“On one hand the EC is making all efforts for conducting free and fair election on other such a fund rising exercise is being undertaken by a political party which is not permissible by any means,” said Bhargav. Many party leaders accompanied Bhargav to submit memorandum.
Bhargav, who was earlier in BJP, had recently joined NPP.
Sources informed that once the ticket distribution exercise is completed in BJP, many leaders who fail to get BJP tickets may join NPP. Speculations are rife that some leaders who were earlier in Congress and joined BJP to contest 2008 Assembly polls may now join NPP if they are denied ticket by the BJP.
Sources reveal that once allotment of tickets is over in BJP, several leaders who fail to get party tickets may join NPP
Speculations are rife that the leaders who were in Congress & had joined BJP to contest 2008 polls may now join NPP
Sunil Bhargav, who was earlier in the BJP, had recently quit his previous party and joined the NPP.