Munugode Bypoll: EC Issues Notice To Telangana Minister Over Remarks On Continuation Of Welfare Schemes


Oct 29, 2022, 02:00 PM | Updated 02:00 PM IST

Munugode Bypoll: BJP vs TRS
Munugode Bypoll: BJP vs TRS
  • The Munugode bypoll is scheduled to be held on 3 November.
  • The Election Commission (EC) issued a notice to Telangana's Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy on 28 October for allegedly threatening voters, saying all welfare schemes will be stopped if they do not vote for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate in the upcoming Munugode bypoll.

    The poll panel has given Reddy time till 3 pm on Saturday (29 October) to explain his stand or else, it will take a decision without any reference to him.

    Citing a complaint submitted by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, the notice quotes the English translation of the Minister's speech.

    Reddy said, 'The election is not between Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy and Rajgopal Reddy, it is the election for whether to continue the pension of Rs 2,000 or not, it is for whether to continue Rythu Bandhu or not, whether to continue free 24-hour electricity or not....'

    '.... If anyone is not interested in pension, he can vote for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, if anyone wants schemes, vote for KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao).'

    The notice said the speech delivered by Reddy on 25 October is prima facie violative of the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, which states that all political parties and candidates shall scrupulously avoid all activities that are 'corrupt practices and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters....'

    The bypoll is scheduled to be held on 3 November.

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