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CEC raps govt for ’India Shining’ ad

Sunday 8 February 2004

NEW DELHI : In a mild disapproval of issuing of advertisements by government ahead of polls, new Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy on Sunday appealed to political parties to desist from such practices and said the dates for Lok Sabha polls would be announced at an appropriate time.

"My personal view is as far as possible tax payers money should not be used for electoral advantages," he told reporters here when asked whether there was any violation of the code by government for issuing advertisements.

Krishnamurthy, however, said he did not want to go into the issue.

Noting that the model code of conduct would come into force only after the election schedule was announced, CEC appealed to political parties to start observing the code of conduct right now.

Krishnamurthy, who took over as CEC on Sunday, said that Lok Sabha poll schedule would be announced at an appropriate time.

"We are getting well prepared. At an appropriate time, we will announce the poll schedule. We have certain procedural formalities to be followed, particularly discussions with Home Ministry and chief secretaries and DGPs of states."

CEC favoured holding of simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and state assemblies saying Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim have informed the Commission about dissolution of their Houses and "we desire elections there should be held simultaneously".

Observing that discussions have to take place regarding deployment of para-military forces as well as local conditions in each states, particularly school examination schedules and weather conditions, CEC said, "we have few options" regarding holding of polls.

He, however, did not elaborate.

On his predecessor J M Lyngdoh’s comments on politicians, he said every person had his personal views.

"Our business is to conduct elections. Next three months, I do not want to say anything except elections".

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The Times of India, Sunday, February 08, 2004.

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