The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the Election Commission (EC) to revoke Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s election from Bhokar in Nanded, after media reports said that Chavan had submitted incorrect information about election expenses to the EC.
A BJP delegation led by party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla on Monday and submitted a memorandum to him, alleging that Chavan had violated the People’s Representative Act by furnishing false information to the EC.
“The Election Commission should declare Ashok Chavan’s election invalid as he has provided incorrect details about his election expenses,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The delegation also demanded that the chief minister be barred from contesting elections. “The chief minister is a stickler for rules and a law-abidingcitizen,” state Congress spokesperson Hussain Dalwai said. “He would not do anything that breaks the law.”
Chavan had won by a margin of more than 100,000 votes from Bhokhar in the October assembly polls.
Media reports said that the chief minister had claimed to spend only Rs 11,379 on advertisements in the print and electronic media; however, as part of the Congress election campaign, 47 full-page advertisements featuring Chavan appeared in dailies, but they were not marked as advertisements.
“The chief minister spent more than what is allowed,” Naqvi added. The BJP had earlier criticised Chavan for granting Rs 5 lakh each to three villages of Bhokar assembly constituency on November 16. Chavan had announced that the funds would be allocated for various projects.