Rs 8-crore remark: Munde to reply to EC

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New Delhi, July 1: Senior BJP leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde on Sunday said he had received a show cause notice from the Election Commission (EC) and he would reply to the latter through his advocate.

The leader from Maharashtra said he was ready to appear before the EC if the situation so demanded.

Munde was given a notice for announcing in public at a programme in Mumbai on June 27 that he had spent Rs 8 crore for poll purpose in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, which far exceeds the permissible limit. He was elected from Beed in the state.

The EC sought an explanation as to why Munde should not be disqualified under Section 10A of the
Representation of the People Act, 1951, for his failure to provide the true account of his election expenses.

Munde had even dared the EC during the revelations, saying the latter could do little now for the next elections are around the corner.

The panel has sought a written reply within 20 days and in case Munde fails to oblige, he will be considered for disqualification from the posts of MP, MLA and MLC for three years.

Munde had shown his poll expenditure to be Rs 19,36,922 in his account filed on June 8, 2009, but held at a programme in Bombay Stock Exchange that the actual amount was Rs 8 crore.

A copy of the CD showing Munde's speech was sent along with the notice to him.

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