Cong files complaint with Maha EC over paid news

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'.