‘Liquor should not be used to influence voters’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

“Election should be completes in a fearless and peaceful atmosphere, so we are taking care of that. I have directed all 40 check posts near the border of State. The vigil should be effective and no liquor should enter Maharashtra from other states,” said Lavangare.

MUMBAI: The General Election is more than campaigns and rallies. It has been proved by the tactics employed across the country by candidates, who have distributed cash, alcohol, sarees, wrist-watches and even biryani to lure voters into backing them at the ballot box. 

To avoid this, the Excise Commissioner Prajakta Lavangare has directed all the staff that they have to be careful that no candidate lures voters with liquor.  

Despite the Election Commission’s vigil to prevent the use of inducements by candidates, the excise department is also ready to vigil the use of alcohol in the election. Lavangare met with the superintendent and deputy commissioners from all districts.

All officials have been directed that no voters should be lured with liquor by the candidate or the political party or any other else.  

“Election should be completes in a fearless and peaceful atmosphere, so we are taking care of that. I have directed all 40 check posts near the border of State. The vigil should be effective and no liquor should enter Maharashtra from other states,” said Lavangare. 

All excise inspectors have been directed to keep vigil through close circuit cameras. All sections have been told to be on alert so that no inter-state smuggling of liquor takes place.

“All district election officers should be given all information about the crime related to liquor and daily sale of liquor in the district,” said Lavangare.

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