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Of 19 paid news notices, SAD-BJP's Tinu receives nine

With the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections ending on Monday evening, the candidates contesting from the Jalandhar parliamentary segment have received 19 paid news notices, the maximum in the state so far.

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2014 20:41 IST
Jatinder Kohli

With the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections ending on Monday evening, the candidates contesting from the Jalandhar parliamentary segment have received 19 paid news notices, the maximum in the state so far.

SAD-BJP candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu, Adampur MLA and chief parliamentary secretary, is leading the list with nine notices for paid news. An amount of Rs 3.5 lakh has been added to his election expenditure.

These paid news items appeared in some vernacular newspapers till Sunday. An amount of 6.81 lakh has been added to the candidates' expenditure for paid news.

Congress nominee Santokh Singh Chaudhary is closely behind Tinu with seven paid news notices. Rs 2.25 lakh has been added to his expenditure.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Sukhwinder Singh Kotli has received two notices for paid news items that appeared in a vernacular newspaper. An amount of Rs 70,000 has been added to his total poll expenditure.

The district electoral office has also sent a notice to Democratic Bhartiya Samaj Party candidate Vijay Hans for paid news item that appeared in another daily vernacular newspaper and added Rs 11,000 to his expenses.

A senior official said all these cases would be referred to the state election commission which will study them and take a decision.

If it fails to take decision in some cases, these will be sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for a final decision.

The money paid for each news item ranges from Rs 15,000 to 20,000 in vernacular newspapers, he said.