Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday filed a complaint against Congress candidate for Panaji by-elections Attanasio Monseratte, popularly known as ‘Babush’ for violating a provision of Election Commission by not publishing the details of criminal cases pending against him in print as well as in electronic media. The letter was written to the Election Commission of the state.
The BJP Goa president Vinay Tendulkar letter address to the Chief electoral officer Kunal Kumar said that, “even though Atanasio Monseratte has applied details of criminal cases pending against him in form 26 before the returning officer for by-elections to Panaji Assembly constituency, but the former has to mention criminal cases against him in print and electronic media.”
The letter added that the criminal cases pending against Monseratte are under the various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), that are POCSO, Income Tax Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
According to the Supreme Court judgment in writ petition number 536 of 2011, the candidate from the criminal background is expected to inform the public about the criminal cases three times on different days before the last day of campaigning in the polls through both the print and electronic media. This must be insured by the political party who is nominating such a candidate who has criminal cases pending against him.
BJP demanded that by not following the Supreme Court’s order in the writ petition, Monseratte and the Congress party has violated the mandatory provision of the Election Commission of India. BJP has short easy direction and asks them to take cognizance of the complaint and strict action against the candidate.