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EC puts rider on Anna’s campaign

EC said if Team Anna campaigns for any candidate, the entire cost of his campaign would be added to that candidate’s expenditure.

Updated: Dec 25, 2011, 00:15 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday said if Team Anna campaigns for any candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections, the entire cost of his campaign would be added to that candidate’s expenditure.

Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi made this declaration while talking to Zee News.

Quraishi, however, said if Team Anna campaigns against any candidate, the Election Commission has nothing to do with it.
The 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader declared that he will tour the poll bound states and campaign against the parties and candidates opposing the Lokpal Bill.

“I will make voters aware about the need for a stronger Lokpal vis-à-vis the stance of Congress. I will request them that what is the use of keeping those people in power who do not want to remove corruption from the country?” he had said.
The Election Commission had on Saturday announced the schedule for Assembly polls to be held in five states early next year.

The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect in all the five states and will also apply to the Central government.