The BJP is seeing red over a statement made by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on poll expenses. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s statement on poll expenditure has triggered a row. A report that the CM’s claim of spending merely Rs 5,379 on newspaper advertisements and Rs 6,000 on television advertisements are seen as under reporting if seen in the light of the mega publicity Chief Minister Ashok Chavan got in the media during his poll campaign. The report on triggered a political row. While Congress downplayed it, saying it did not call for knee-jerk reactions, the BJP went at the CM hammer and tongs, demanding a probe. Congress clarified that what was claimed in news reports need not be true as poll expenditure was a technical issue limited to the money spent by the candidate. However the BJP called it an electoral malpractice. The party asked the Election Commission to order a high-level inquiry into the issue and demanded that Ashok Chavan’s election be declared “invalid”. The BJP has submitted a memorandum to him, alleged that Ashok Chavan had violated the Representation of the People Act by furnishing false information to the Election Commission. BJP says that this is a serious issue and that’s why they have expressed serious concern over the matter with Election Commission. Looks like this news controversy will engulf the discussions of the winter session beginning from December 8 at Nagpur. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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