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Polls 2019: Stop Parties From Using Photos of Defence Forces for Political Propaganda: Defence Ministry to EC

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New Delhi-The Election Commission of India has today announced schedule for the Lok Sabha Elections of 2019. Starting from April 11, the EC will hold the polls in seven phases upto May 19. The counting would be done on May 23.

Meanwhile, the EC took note of the complaints that some political parties are using the photographs of the defence personnel in advertisements as part of their political campaigns. The EC issued strict instruction to all national and state political parties to desist from exploiting defence forces for their propaganda.  

The EC said the matter was brought to its notice by the Ministry of Defense. The Ministry has requested the Commission to issue an instruction in this regard, said the EC.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Armed Forces of a nation are the guardian of its frontiers, security, and political system. They are apolitical and neutral stakeholders in modern democracy,

said the EC.

It is, therefore, necessary that the political parties and leaders exercise great caution while making any reference to the Armed Forces in Their political campaigns, the EC stated in the instructions issued.

The EC said that it is of the view that photographs of Chief of Army Staff or any other Defence personnel and photographs of functions of Defence Forces should not be associated with or used in any manner in advertisement/ propaganda/campaigning in any other manner in connection with elections by political parties and candidates.

The Commission has called upon all the political parties to advise their candidates/leaders to refrain from exploiting the Defence Forces.

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Holding Clean Elections India’s Biggest Challenge as Misuse of Money Increases By Leaps And Bounds: EC

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Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

New Delhi: Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters, the Elections Commission of India said today.

Unfortunately, the use of the money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times. Mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system, said the EC Larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections.

To address this paramount problem, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence.  Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora along with the Election Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.  He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made. 

To ensure clean elections, it is vital keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns. More importantly, it is imperative to ensure that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, said Election Commissioner Chandra.

Issues Discussed at Committee on Election Intelligence

  • Ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties
  • Sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections
  • Co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action
  • Preparation of road map for action during the elections
  • Mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor, and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency

The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action.

The Commissions said a greater synergy amongst various enforcement agencies is needed to develop a collective strategy to fight this menace.  Therefore, the Commission expects that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taking coordinated action rather than working in silos.

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Read Detailed Schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

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All about Lok Sabha Election 2019 Polling days

New Delhi-Considering the expiry of the five-year term of the 16th Lok Sabha on June 3, 2019, the Election Commission of India has issued the schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assembly. The elections would be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and concluding on May 19. The counting would be done on May 23, informed the Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora during a press conference today.

With the announcement, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) also came into operation from today.

The EC said that Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.  

Detailed Schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

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Elections to the different Assembly Constituencies in the States of Andhra  Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will follow the same Schedule as for the corresponding Parliamentary Constituencies of which these are the relevant Assembly segments, the EC said.

He also informed that the final electoral roles with have a total number of voters in the vicinity of 900 million.

This marks an increase of 84.3 million voters since 2014. There are 15 million voters in the age group of 18-19. The number of polling booth has also increased from 9 Lakh to 10 Lakh ,

ANI quoted the Commissioner

Phase-wise Schedule

Phase 1, April 11

91 seats, 20 States

A.P. (all 25), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1) J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), U.P. (8), Uttarkhand (5), W.B. (2), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1), Lakshadweep (1)

Phase 2, April 18

97 seats, 13 States

Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14) Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), T.N. (all 39), Tripura (1), U.P. (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1)

Phase 3, April 23

115 seats, 14 States

Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (all 26), Goa (all 2), J&K (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (all 20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), U.P. (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1)

Phase 4, April 29

71 seats, 9 States

Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), M.P. (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (13), U.P. (13), West Bengal (8)

Phase 5, May 6

51 seats, 7 States

Bihar (5), Jharkhand (4), J&K (2), M.P. (7), Rajasthan (12), U.P. (14), West Bengal (7)

Phase 6, May 12

59 seats, 7 States

Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), M.P. (8), U.P. (14), West Bengal (8), NCR (all 7)

Phase 7, May 19

59 seats, 8 States

Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), M.P. (8), Punjab (all 13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), U.P. (13), Himachal Pradesh (all 4)

More Details Released by the Indian EC

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All IAF Aircraft Landed Back Safely, Pakistan’s Claim of Shooting Down Su-30 False: Defense Ministry

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New Delhi-On March 5, 2019, the Defense Ministry of India released an official statement on the attempted PAF airstrike on military installations.

In the statement, it said that in the morning of Feb 2019, India’s Air Defence system was on full alert. Build up of PAF aircraft on their side of LoC was noticed in time and additional aircraft were scrambled to tackle the adversary. In their attempt to attack Indian ground targets, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively, the statement said.

From IAF side, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in the engagement, it said. The PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, which is also evident from large missed distances of the weapons dropped by them, it said.  

 Further, the statement said that during combat, the use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed. 

Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of the missile fell in area East of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on the ground. A detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF,

the Ministry said in the statement.

The Ministry assured that all the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely, and suggested that false claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30, appears to be a cover-up for loss of its own aircraft.  

In another statement, the Ministry said the Indian Navy remains deployed as necessary to protect National Maritime Interests.

Over the past several days, we have witnessed Pakistan indulging in false propaganda and spread of misinformation. The Indian Navy does not take cognizance of such propaganda. Our deployments remain, undeterred,

the Ministry said.

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