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In little over a month, 41 plaints, 8 FIRs and 14 probes

mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2012 01:05 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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In a little over a month, the civic body has received 41 complaints regarding violation of the election code of conduct by candidates.

The code of conduct is enforced once the date for the polls are announced. Once the code is in place, no party or candidate can engage in any activity that could influence voters.

Of the 41 complaints received so far, First Information Reports have been registered in eight cases and inquiries are being conducted in 14 cases. FIRs have been registered against former mayor and Shiv Sena candidate Subha Raul; Sagar Singh Thakur — son of MLA Ramesh Singh Thakur — Srimik Seva Sangh, a congress social service organization, BJP senior leader Manoj Kotak and Arvind Kulkarni, member, Sanathan Sanstha.

The complaints have been received from various political parties and members of the civic body who have been asked to monitor the activities of politicians in their respective wards.

“We have put up election booths in all wards and have deployed staff to make sure that the code of conduct and other guidelines issued by state election commission are followed,” said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani.

The complaints are largely about activities such as distribution of achievement report cards to voters, giving away clothes food to voters, and holding meetings in private buildings.

“After a thorough verification of the charges, complaints have been filed against these candidates. However, it is not clear which agency needs to follow up on the complaints,” said a civic official.