Munugode by-election: TRS leaders booked for taking 300 people to Yadadri temple for oath ceremony

In another election lapse, it was found that, while printing of ballot paper for EVMs, instead of “Ship”, “Boat with man and Sail” got printed and it was identified and reprinted with correct symbols.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  21 Oct 2022 3:15 PM GMT
Munugode by-election: TRS leaders booked for taking 300 people to Yadadri temple for oath ceremony

Hyderabad: The office of the Chief Election commission for Telangana has informed that a police case has been filed against TRS leaders for reportedly taking 300 people in buses to Yadadri temple for dharshan and conducted an oath taking ceremony.

"After enquiry on the complaint received that TRS leaders took 300 persons in buses to Yadadri temple for dharshan and performed an oath taking programme, a case has been registered by the police. This is a violation to the Model Code of Conduct. Election watch teams perused photographic and video graphic evidences and police have filed a case bearing 581/2022 u/s 188, 171 (1) r/w 171 (F) IPC . This is apart from including the expenditure involved in the name of TRS contesting candidate," said Vikas Raj, Chief Election Commissioner, Telangana.

In addition to the action taken for lapse, the EC Telangana has reportedly taken to task K.M.V Jagannadha Rao, the then Returning officer of 93-Munugodu Assembly constituency for changing the allotted symbol to an independent candidate and violating the election process. The EC invoked Rule 10 (5) of Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 , which doesn't confer any powers on the Returning officer to change the allotted symbol.

In another election lapse, it was found that, while printing of ballot paper for EVMs, instead of "Ship", "Boat with man and Sail" got printed and it was identified and reprinted with correct symbols.

The Chief Electoral Officer took a serious view about this lapse and has suspended Mandal Revenue Officer, Chottuppal and has called for explanation from other officers tasked with printing of ballot papers, a statement from the CEO said.

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