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The Maharashtra State Election Commission (MSEC) issued show-cause notices to the major political parties in the state, for not submitting expenditure statement for the upcoming elections within the deadline. Deadline to submit the same was at March 10th.

As per the statement issued by the Election Commission, the list includes Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, and also many other leading political parties such as Shiv Sena, MNS, AIADMK, AIMIM, CPI, CPM, SP and BSP. EC notified all the 14 parties that if the March 10th deadline is also not met, it will lead to the de-registration of concerned political parties.

The commission had issued a notice in October 2016, making it mandatory for all political parties in the state to disclose a detailed account of local election expenditures prior to the elections. As Times of India reports, State election commissioner JS Saharia commented that, “All political parties were made aware time to time. Now we have issued show cause notice about why the political party should not de-register.”

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant responded to New Indian Express that, “The state election commissioner was already informed about our party’s submission of expenditure details. Last week, the party had asked the commission to point out in which district the expenditure details were not submitted. But we did not receive any communication except today’s notice.”

Amidst the preparations for Lok Sabha elections in the state, rumours are that Fadnavis’s government is moving for an early assembly elections in the state, pointing to a string of inaugural functions organised recently. However, in the occasion of inauguration of Nagpur Metro Railway, Chief minister said that, “Take it from me in writing, there will be no early Assembly elections in Maharashtra,” reported India Today. The current Assembly is supposed to end it’s term by November of 2019.

 

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