'Will cancel polls again on horse-trading evidence' : CEC

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  1. ejazr

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    'Will cancel polls again on horse-trading evidence' - Hindustan Times

    After recommending re-polling in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Jharkhand over allegations of "horse-trading" last week, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has said he would do so "again if any evidence was found".

    "We will countermand the polls again if we find evidence
    of money being used," Quraishi told IANS on the sidelines of a lecture at the India International Centre in New Delhi Wednesday evening.

    The CEC had recommended to President Pratibha Patil that the March 30 polls be cancelled after the IT department officials recovered Rs.2.15 crore in cash from a vehicle registered in the name of Suresh Agrawal, brother of Independent candidate R.K. Agrawal.

    Miffed over the poll panel's move, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate Sanjiv Kumar and Congress candidate Pradeep Balmuchu appealed to the president and sought counting of votes.

    Balmuchu went to the Jharkhand High Court challenging the Election Commission’s order.

    Balmuchu, who also happens to be president of the state Congress unit, has stated in the petition that the poll panel’s decision on March 30 to cancel the notification for election issued on March 12 was against the constitutional mandate and would affect the representation of Jharkhand.

    The high court has reserved its order.

    "We will decide on the new poll dates after the high court order," said Quraishi.

    The CEC said after receiving reports that money was being used in the Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand the poll panel had alerted the income tax department.

    "We knew that money was changing hands but we needed actionable evidence... We acted the moment we had evidence," said Quraishi.

    Quraishi's move has earned him a lot of respect in the country and even won him praise from Bharatiya Janata Party veteran LK Advani.

    The CEC has often said that "barring criminals from contesting and checking use of black money in elections are top reform proposals of the poll panel".
  3. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 1, 2009
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    These stupid politicians should not use cash for bribing

    Just pay by Cheques Let the receiver pay Income TAX Still the receiver of the bribe
    can get a neat sum of money
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Good thing.

    I wish he acted firm during the UP election when the EC was told to go for a hike!

    Politicians only understand tough talk and then action!

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