With just a few hours left to end campaigning, the District Election Department reported 209 cases of violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on Sunday, and FIRs were registered in 23 of the cases. These cases are mainly related to the misuse of vehicles, provocative speeches etc.
No case has been registered against the violation of use of loudspeaker norms. Pic for Representation/Sunil Tingare
There is one case of inducement of voters with money. Surprisingly, there is not a single case registered for the violation of loudspeaker norms. “Most of the cases of violation of the MCC were received from Shirur assembly constituency. In Pune city, the maximum cases of violation of the MCC were received from Bhosari constituency,” informed the Deputy District Election Officer and Tahsildar, Seema Holkar. In Shirur, as many as 81 cases were reported, while in Bhosari five such cases were reported since the announcement of the MCC on September 12.
“To our surprise, no cases of the violation of MCC were reported in Cantonment and Hadapsar assembly segments, which are sensitive constituencies. However, in Kothrud and Shivaji Nagar, three cases of violations have been registered by the department,” informed Holkar.
She added that 173 cases of misuse of vehicles have been reported, and an FIR was registered in only 13 of the cases. No FIR was registered in the lone case of inducement of voters with money.
Most cases against NCP
As per the information given by the head of the Model Code of Conduct cell, Mangesh Joshi, of the 23 cases where FIRs were registered, there are seven cases of violations registered against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
“BJP comes second with four cases registered. Three cases were registered against Shiv Sena, while one case is registered each against Congress and RPI (A). No case was registered against MNS, and seven cases were registered against independent candidates,” Joshi told this paper.
Cash in cars
The patrolling squad of the District Election department yesterday seized two cars with cash. In Daund taluka, R1.5 lakh was found in the car belonging to a member of the Rashtriya Samaj Party. In Khed taluka, R1.8 lakh was found in a car whose owner is yet to identified by the police. Election Officer Samiksha Chandrakar said that the cases were forwarded to the police for further investigation.