Govinda clarifies his position on poll code violation

March 21st, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Mar 21 (ANI): Actor turned Congress MP Govinda visited a Mumbai District Collector’’s office on Friday and clarified his position on poll code violation charges.
Govinda had been charged for allegedly distributing cash at a function to celebrate Holi.
“If he tries to induce the voters, or if a candidate tries to induce voters, it amounts to bribery. He can be prosecuted,” said Vishwas Patil, the western Mumbai suburban District Collector.
Govinda denied any wrongdoing.
“I think this is wrong. Religion, tradition and culture cannot be linked to politics. Neither, it was my constituency nor have I filed my nomination from there. Even it is not proved that the poor people were from my constituency. So it was my responsibility to answer the queries,” he said.
Poll authorities on March 12 announced an inquiry into the case.
Govinda had been accused of violating the Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission for distributing money during Holi.
Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer Debashish Chakrabarty ordered an inquiry into the incident in which Govinda allegedly distributed cash outside his Juhu residence last Wednesday.
In 2004 elections, Govinda was accused of violating the Model Code of Conduct for using pictures of national personalities and saints during his campaign. (ANI)

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