AFTER SEIZING ILLICIT LIQUOR, NOW POLL CODE VIOLATION IN DWARKA

New Delhi, Dwarka- After Delhi Police seized 44 cartons of illicit liquor last month, now situations again take a turn in the South-West region, Dwarka. As many as 97 FIRs and Daily Diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties for the violation of the model code of conduct, for the due course of Lok Sabha Electoral. But first, what is Model Code of Conduct? These are the general guidelines for political parties and their candidates to follow, prior to elections, to ensure free and fair elections. This is in keeping with Article 324 of the Constitution, which gives the Election Commission the power to supervise elections to the Parliament and state legislatures. The MCC is operational from the date that the election schedule is announced until the date that results are announced. It includes: “No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic”, “No political party or candidate shall permit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound walls without his permission for erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc” and so on. And some of these rules have not been followed, resulting in nearly 100 complaints regarding the same.

CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters that the statistics surveillance team constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs. 51.97 lakh cash from outer Delhi and Dwarka. “A total of 97 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct. Out of these, 10 is against the Aam Aadmi Party (six FIRs and four DD entries), 10 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (seven FIRs and three DD entries), two against the Congress (both DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), and 74 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said in a statement. Police have registered 564 FIRs and arrested 560 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 191 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 229 people were arrested. They have also seized 298 unlicensed arms and weapons, and 2,323 cartridges and explosives. As many as 40,965 people have been booked till date under various sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act. Special commissioner of police (elections), Praveer Ranjan said, details of cash seizure have been sent to the Income Tax department and a report is awaited. “I-T department officials will analyze if the cash was meant for
polling purposes or not,” he told reporters.

The Delhi CEO office also said, as, on the date, 14 cases have been recorded for another category of violations, such as misuse of vehicles, violation of loudspeaker norms, illegal meetings and gratification of electors. “Till date, 738 bottles, 67 half-sized bottles, 81,915 quarter- sized ones of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 475 bottles, 762 half-sized and 155458 quarter-sized ones of country liquor and 4,861 bottles of beer have been seized.” it said. Here, the ethics of the society are somewhere challenged as well as one’s personal morals to ponder upon what is right and wrong, creating a contrast between the two binaries. The Lok Sabha being conducted in seven phases will begin on April 11 and continue till May 19. Delhi will vote on May 12 and the overall results will be declared on May 23.

By Prerna Chadha

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