Complaint against Congress candidate in Pune for poll violation

Oct 16, 2014, 04:21 IST | Namrata Anjana

Advocate Milind Mahajan alleged that Vinayak Nimhan’s supporters had violated norms by placing the party’s table within 100 metres of the polling booth at the Govt Polytechnic College

BJP worker, Advocate Milind Mahajan filed a complaint against Shivajinagar’s sitting MLA, Vinayak Nimhan yesterday, for placing the Congress’ party table within 100 metres of the local polling booth at the Government Polytechnic College.

Milind Mahajan
Adv. Milind Mahajan points towards the original spot where the Congress party table had been placed, within 100 metres of the polling booth. Pic/ Shashank Sane

According to the Election Commission’s rules, no political party must have its presence within a 100-metre radius around a polling booth, to prevent workers from influencing the voters.

“When I saw Nimhan’s table inside the premises, I immediately informed policemen so they could take action, as it was a violation of election norms,” Mahajan said. He alleged that despite informing the police, Nimhan’s workers were allowed to keep the table there for at least four hours in the morning, yesterday.

Congress party workers
After Mahajan complained about the table, Congress party workers eventually moved the table to a different spot. Pic/ Shashank Sane

Mahajan then approached the election officer on duty to lodge a complaint, but according to him, the officer didn’t bother to visit the spot and check it either.

Eventually, Nimhan’s workers shifted the table outside the restricted area. Despite repeated attempts to contact Nimhan, he did not respond for a comment.

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