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Sunny Deol may lose Gurdaspur seat as EC sends notice for overspending

The BJP MP Has Allegedly Spent About Rs 86 Lakh, While The Expenditure Limit Is Rs 70 Lakh, According To Some Documents Received By The EC.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 19 Jun 2019, 08:48:17 PM
Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol.

New Delhi:

Actor-politician Sunny Deol may lose his Gurdaspur seat, which he won in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, as the Election Commission pulled him up for overspending during campaigning. The BJP MP has allegedly spent about Rs 86 lakh, while the expenditure limit is Rs 70 lakh, according to some documents received by the EC. Reports suggest strict actions could be taken against him for overspending and that include cancellation of the candidacy even after the victory, and declaration of the second highest vote garner as the new MP.

The notice to Deol to "reconcile" his poll expenditure account was issued by Gurdaspur District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal.

His poll expenditure was found to be more than Rs 70 lakh limit, said Ujjwal. Deol was elected MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. He defeated Congress nominee Sunil Jakhar with a margin of 82,459 votes.

Though Ujjwal refused to comment on the election expenditure figure, official sources said as per preliminary calculations, Deol's poll expenditure was found to be Rs 86 lakh.

Ujjwal said the amount of Deol's poll expenditure was not a “final” figure.

“We have issued a notice to him (Deol) for reconciliation of accounts and the final figure of the poll expenditure will be known only after the reconciliation and settlement of the accounts,” he said.

“It is too early to comment on the overspending right now,” added Ujjwal.

For Lok Sabha candidates, the statutory poll expenditure limit has been fixed at Rs 70 lakh.

Deol's poll expenditure was found to be in excess of the limit among all other candidates in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, officials said.

The reconciliation of accounts is likely to continue till June 22 and 23. Ujjwal further said after the elections, every candidate was issued notice for the reconciliation of their accounts.

“It is a normal statutory notice,” he added.

Earlier on May 15, the Election Commission had issued directions for adding Rs 1.74 lakh to Deol's poll expenditure after he failed to respond to its query about a Facebook page being run in his support.

The order had come on a complaint by the Punjab Congress, which claimed the Facebook page, 'Fans of Sunny Deol', was being run without any prior permission of the poll watchdog.

The BJP had fielded 59-year-old Deol from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, late actor Vinod Khanna had represented Gurdaspur constituency four times in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.ith PTI inputs)

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First Published : 19 Jun 2019, 08:48:17 PM