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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: Shiv Sena candidate pays Rs 6,300 in coins to buy nomination papers

Manish Gupta,the Shiv Sena candidate, deposited all the coins in denomination of Re 1. Initially, the poll officials were hesitant to accept it but later they deputed three officials to count the coins, which took more than two hours.

assembly-elections Updated: Nov 09, 2019 12:06 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Shiv Sena candidate’s Garwha candidate Manish Gupta with the packets of coins that he used to buy nomination papers for the Jharkhand assembly election, Thursday November 8,2019.
Shiv Sena candidate’s Garwha candidate Manish Gupta with the packets of coins that he used to buy nomination papers for the Jharkhand assembly election, Thursday November 8,2019. (HT Photo )
         

Shiv Sena candidate Manish Kumar Gupta sprung a surprise in district election office at Garhwa by paying Rs 6,300 in coins to buy nomination papers to contest the Jharkhand assembly polls.

Gupta deposited all the coins in denomination of Re 1. Initially, the poll officials were hesitant to accept it but later they deputed three officials to count the coins, which took more than two hours.

“I have deposited Rs 6,300 in coins, while rest of the amount in notes. The objective was to highlight the trouble in managing coins before the traders, as banks as well as customers are reluctant to accept coins,” said Gupta, who runs a building material shop in Garhwa.

Gupta purchased his nomination papers on Thursday and will submit it on November 13.

The Election Commission has fixed Rs 10,000 as security money for general candidates, while Rs 5,000 for scheduled tribe (ST) or scheduled caste (SC) candidates. The money is deposited during purchasing or filing of the nomination papers.

Gupta said, “After demonetisation, flow of coins increased in the market and we are the major sufferers. We cannot deny customers, when they pay in coin due to business interest. I visited banks many times to deposit coins but they do not accept more than 100 coins that too after several requests. So, I decided to use all the coins for purchasing nomination papers,” he said.

Garhwa sub-divisional officer (SDO), Pradip Kumar, who is also the returning officer, said, “When candidate said he could pay only in coins, we cannot deny it. We engage three people to count the coins. It took around two hours.”

Gupta had contested 2014 assembly elections at the age of 26 from Garhwa constituency as Independent candidate and got 1,595 votes. BJP’s Satyendra Nath Tiwary had won the seat with 76,638 votes.

However, he is confident of win this time. “2014 was my first election and I had no experience. But, I have been in the field for the past five years and also got symbol of Shiv Sena. So, I am confident this election,” Gupta said, adding, he will contest on issues of unemployment, traders’ problem and local issues.

Garhwa will go to polls in the first phase on November 30. Nomination for the first phase, in which 13 assembly constituencies will go to polls, started from November 6. Last date of filing nomination is November 13.