New Delhi: Stating that its role was limited
to ensuring conduct of free, fair and peaceful polls, the
Election Commission on Tuesday clarified it was not monitoring fund
raising by Team Anna for its campaign against the Congress in
the five poll-bound states.
In a statement, the Commission said that its concern was
limited to the extent that such campaigns were not
inflammatory and did not create disharmony between different
sections of Indian citizens.
Any disturbance in law and order or a level-playing field
among political parties may have a serious impact on the
conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections, it said.
"If anyone indulges in any such unlawful activity, law
will certainly take its own course," it said.
It also termed reports about EC monitoring Team Anna`s
fund-raising as "baseless". "The Commission denies that it is
monitoring any such fund raising. The reports to that effect
are entirely baseless," the EC stated.
"The Commission has already clarified repeatedly that
everyone has a right to canvass for or against any political
party or candidate, as it fully respects the freedom of
expression of every Indian citizen guaranteed to them under
the Constitution," the statement added.
It stated that if any organisation or an individual
campaigns in favour of any particular political party or
candidate, the expenditure incurred on any such campaign would
be liable to be booked in the expenditure account of that
party or candidate(s) concerned.