In Secunderabad Cantonment Board election each contesting candidate expenditure cap of Rs 4 lakh. The aspirants are distributing cash 10 times over the ceiling. Each candidate is salvo out up to Rs 50 lakh said observer. In Bowenpally, the expenditure is going beyond Rs 1 crore.
An observer said, “The SCB election is being seen a pre-final before the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Political parties are attempting to woo the voter by paying money, offering benefits from schemes among others”.
Jetti Umeshwar Rao, a resident of Ward 4 said “Supporters of some candidates were found openly handing out a Rs 500 note. Why can’t the vigilance team notice these irregularities”.
Vittal SCB returning officer said “The expenditure must not be more than Rs 4 lakh for each ward member and they should show the accounts to returning officer up.”
Big guns openly disobeyed poll rules
The Secunderabad Cantonment Board leaders are openly violating election rules to support their candidates.
Ministers T. Harish Rao, Padma Rao, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya of the BJP and Telugu Desam MLA G. Sayanna, have allegedly used govt machinery while campaigning for the candidates.
“Many ministers and MLAs were found flouting cantonment election rules by using the government machinery, including vehicles, officials and other assets while campaigning,” Sujatha Gupta SCB chief executive officer told this newspaper.
SCB returning officer Vittal said, “We have issued over 97 notices. Some of the contestants are second time violators.” He added, “By using government machinery, flexes, newspaper ads, pamphlets, hoarding, and publicity balloons with party symbols, the candidates is directly influencing the voter.”
“We have filed cases under CPC 171, Public Representatives Act of 1950. Police is scrutinising the video and photographs taken by our team. Once it is established that rules were violated, the candidate will be disqualified,” he also added.