Chandigarh, February 2: Campaigning for the assembly elections in Punjab and Goa ends today evening. The two states will go to polls on Saturday to elect new assemblies. Earlier Election Commission issues notice to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his alleged bribery remarks in Goa.
Punjab State Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh said the prohibition will start at 5 PM today and will continue till 5 PM on Saturday. He said, all the political leaders, functionaries or party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period. The Election Commission has also imposed complete prohibition on broadcasting or propagating election-related material on TV, radio or newspapers.
EC on Tuesday ordered to stop production and movement of liquor from five distilleries in Punjab till the polling date, February 4. The decision came three days after 1.2 lakh bottles (10,000 boxes) of illicit liquor were seized by a joint team of the EC and the excise and taxation department from two godowns in Bathinda. The other 12 distilleries in the state are also under scanner, said excise officials.
Also, EC directed that no political party, candidate, organisation or any person will publish any advertisement in print media on February 3 and 4 unless contents of the advertisement proposed to be published have been pre-certified by the political parties and candidates from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) committee.
meanwhile, Election Commission issued notice to Defence Minister for his alleged remarks asking people to accept money from others but vote for the BJP. Terming his remarks as prima facie violation of model code of conduct, the Commission asked Parrikar to explain his position by 1 PM on Friday.