EC to issue notice against Munde?

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 03, 2013 18:03 hrs

Days after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde triggered a controversy by saying that he spent Rs 8 crore during his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign, the Election Commission (EC) might issue a notice against him for his remark, reports said on Saturday.

The EC has reportedly initiated the process to take action against Munde.

"The EC, nevertheless, on Friday began the process of initiating ´appropriate action´ with the full commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath taking note of Munde´s comments and to start with, decided to procure a CD of the Munde´s speech and get it transcribed," The Indian Express reported.

A senior EC functionary told the newspaper: "Yes, the Commission did meet and began the process of ascertaining the veracity of the reports. After verifying facts, the EC will take suitable action as prescribed under the law."

During a function in Mumbai, Munde on Thursday said he spent the whopping amount in the elections against the prescribed limit of Rs. 25 lakh.

Munde on Thursday said: "I spent just Rs 29,000 when I contested my first elections. Now, elections have become very expensive. I had to spend Rs 8 crore for my last election."

He also dared the EC to take action against him for his comment.

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