Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Sanjeev Naik using our name: RCP
    The state election commission has reportedly “considered” a complaint lodged by Vinod Gangwal, Thane’s Rashtrawadi Congress Party (RCP) candidate, alleging his contender, Dr Sanjeev Naik of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has been misusing RCP’s name in all hoardings meant for his Lok Sabha campaign. The EC is said to have directed Thane district collector to look into the matter. The collector’s office, in turn, sent a letter dated April 3 (a copy of which is with TOI), directing Thane’s election returning officer to probe the case. Gangwal, general secretary of RCP, said, “We have not given a ticket to Mr Sanjeev Naik for Thane LS poll and yet, the big question is, how has he mentioned our party’s name? Misusing RCP’s name for campaigning is a blatant violation of the election model code of conduct and, therefore, the EC should take strict action.” A senior NCP functionary in Navi Mumbai retorted: “Complaining to the EC is nothing short of a game plan to gain publicity. NCP has objected to the registration of the name, Rashtrawadi Congress Party, as it is the Marathi translation of Nationalist Congress Party, which has been using the name since its establishment by Sharad Pawar on May 25, 1999.”
Liquor seized
Election officials seized eight bottles of spurious foreign liquor from a car in Santa Cruz (West) on Monday. The accused, Chirag Gosalia (36), was arrested and released on bail on Tuesday. Officials of Constituency 165 (Andheri West) effected the seizure. Assistant expenditure officer Prakash Barge said, “There is always the danger that liquor can be misused as a lure during election campaign.” Interestingly, when excise officials arrived to interrogate the accused, he showed them a brand new permit that had been procured that very day, April 7. His family informed TOI that he was unavailable for comment. Election officials said a group of restaurant owners arrived to urge the police to release Gosalia. Officials suspect the liquor was to be supplied to their establishments. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Malabar Hill police picked up one Anil Pashte (37) and booked him under the Prohibition Act. Police seized nine country-made liquor bottles from Banganga area during Pashte’s arrest. He has been remanded to police custody till Wednesday.
Know your neta
An initiative by the Association for Democratic Reforms and will help Mumbaikars access details of candidates’ criminal records, assets, liabilities and educationa qualifications. To get relevant information, dial toll-free number 1-800-110-440; send an SMS to MYNETA or MYNETA,Constituency name> on 9246556070 (SMS charges applicable) or 56070 (charge Rs2-3). Or, visit to search for candidates, MPs, MLAs or constituencies.
Disabled charter
An NGO has released a charter of demands for political parties to ensure that disabled citizens get equal opportunity in all walks of life. Disabled People’s Political Charter published by the ADAPT Rights group (ARG) calls for the right to education, vote, rights of disabled women, right to accessibility, health services and employment for the disabled. The NGO will produce position papers to give guidance to all political parties on the issue.
Fake ration cards
The Manickpur police have registered a case against six men for using bogus ration cards to register as voters in Vasai. The case was made following a complaint filed by the state election commission. 

(George Mendonca, Bella Jaisinghani, Mateen Hafeez, Sandhya Nair and Linah Baliga)

The Times of India, April 9, 2014

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