Andhra chief minister booked for poll code violation

May 29th, 2008 - 4:49 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) Following a direction from the Election Commission, the police in Andhra Pradesh Thursday booked Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on a charge of violating the poll code and are set to book a number of television channels as well. A case against Reddy was registered at Saifabad police station on a complaint filed by state election authorities.

Similar cases are likely to be registered against the chief minister in nine other districts, where by-elections to four Lok Sabha and 18 assembly constituencies are being held Thursday.

Reddy allegedly tried to influence the voters by addressing a press conference at his camp office here Wednesday, a day after the campaigning for the by-polls came to an end.

The Election Commission Wednesday night ordered registration of a case against Reddy under Section 126 of the Representation of People Act.

According to the commission, addressing a press conference after the end of the campaign period violates Section 126 of the Representation of People Act.

The commission said Reddy recalled the development works taken up during the last four years, thereby trying to influence the voters in favour of the ruling Congress party.

It also ordered cases to be registered against television channels for the live telecast of the press conference. It asked state chief electoral officer I.V. Subba Rao to initiate the necessary formalities for booking them.

Rao told newsmen here that since the television channels telecast the press conference live, the district collectors have been asked to file the cases by Thursday evening.

The commission had Tuesday issued notice to chief minister Reddy for violating the election code May 17 by addressing an election meeting in a government junior college at Khanapur in Adilabad district.

It also ordered a case to be booked against Minister for Backward Classes Welfare M. Mukesh Goud who allegedly manhandled CPI-M MP Madhu in Musheerabad assembly constituency in the state capital Wednesday evening.

The commission asked the Krishna district collector to submit a report on TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu addressing a press conference in the district after the election campaign ended.

Naidu was earlier served a notice for violating the election code by crossing the 10 p.m. deadline for campaigning. He, however, was let off with a warning.

Since the election code came into effect, the commission has issued several notices to the state government, chief minister, half a dozen ministers and the opposition leader for code violations. It also transferred three officials including a district collector.

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