EC drops charges against Munde

Gopinath MundeElection Commission dropped charges of violating expenditure limit and submitting false affidavit after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections against Gopinath Munde.(PTI)

The Election Commission Wednesday dropped charges of violating expenditure limit and submitting false affidavit after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections against senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde. The decision comes after Munde filed a reply to the showcause notice issued by the EC for his remark that he spent Rs 8 crore during the campaigning for the last Parliamentary elections.

The Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha said: "The Election Commission has conveyed to me that they are satisfied with my reply to the notice, which was served on me in July this year."

In his reply, Munde argued: "The poll expenditure of Rs 8 crore was quoted out of context. I have spent only Rs 19.37 lakh as mentioned in the affidavit." He added, "Since I am a state leader, I had to campaign across several constituencies in Maharashtra. And I had also campaigned in other states across the country. So the higher expenditure I mentioned was overall funds spent on behalf of the party. It does not confine to my Lok Sabha constituency alone."

The Election Commission had served notice to Munde for filing a false affidavit on expenses incurred during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Munde, who contested from Beed Lok Sabha constituency, had in his affidavit stated that his total poll expenditure was Rs 19.37 lakh. The permissible limit was Rs 25 lakh.

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