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EC cracks whip on Goa politicians for violating model code of conduct

The Election Commission (EC) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure free and fair June 2 assembly polls in Goa by coming down heavily on politicians, who are appeasing voters by distributing T-shirts, liquor, computers, money in violation of the model code of conduct.

Panaji, May 30 : The Election Commission (EC) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure free and fair June 2 assembly polls in Goa by coming down heavily on politicians, who are appeasing voters by distributing T-shirts, liquor, computers, money in violation of the model code of conduct.

While the politicians are furious about EC's tough stand, people of the State have welcomed it.

The Commission has served show cause notice to former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for distributing letters of a scheme which he had launched offering free computers to college students.

While one politician is now facing action for distributing saris and towels to voters and deploying machinery to dig bore wells for voters, another Janata Dal-Secular candidate now faces action for failing to produce official documents.

Karapur Agro Factory owned by Vishwajeet Rane, son of Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane, have been inspected on complaint that he was wooing voters by distributing goodies and cash.

Vishwajeet is contesting as an independent candidate from Valpoi.

Strict action has been taken against politicians displaying banners without permission.

Alcohol boxes have been seized from different places in Goa. Several vehicles of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), BJP, Congress and the Save Goa Front have also been seized.

Last week, the Panaji police was directed to register complaints against Congress candidate Dinar Tarcar and UGDP's 'Babush' Monserrate and Jennifer Monserrate for allegedly distributing T-shirts and caps with their names.

The tough measures have been condemned by Janata Dal -Secular leader and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, who accused the EC of misusing its power.

The counting of votes for the 40-seat Goa Assembly will take place on June 5, and the results are expected the same day.

The Election Commission has fixed June 8 as the date before which the election process should be completed.

ANI

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