Cong files complaint with EC over "paid news"

Certain news reports are predicting a hung verdict in the BMC elections and MNS becoming a "kingmaker".

Mumbai: The Mumbai unit of Congress on Sunday
lodged a complaint with the State Election Commission over
certain news reports predicting a hung verdict in the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections and MNS becoming
a "kingmaker" quoting an intelligence report and demanded to
treat these news items as `paid news`.

A section of the media here had carried news reports
stating that the State Intelligence Department had predicted
that Raj Thackeray-led MNS would be a "kingmaker" after the
election due to `hung verdict` and also talked about the
number of seats various political parties would win in the
February 16 election.

Mumbai police, however, have denied making any
predictions about election.

"Reports appearing in media of some forecast being
submitted by Mumbai police about BMC elections are untrue. No
such forecast has been made by police," Deputy Police
Commissioner Nisar Tamboli said.

The news report had stated that the Shiv Sena, Bhartiya
Janata Party and the Republican Party of India alliance would
get between 92 and 100 seats while the Congress ? Nationalist
Congress Party combine would get 85-90 seats. The MNS is
expected to get about 30 seats in the battle for 227 seats.

A press note released by the Congress has not named any
political party for the said `paid news`.