It’s raining FIRs in Maharashtra!
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 15, 2019, 11:41 AM
Amid reports that FIRs were to be registered against 444 central and state government officials for not reporting for election duty training in the districts of Pune and Baramati in Maharashtra before the general elections commenced, a new storm has fallen upon the state.
Around the first phase of the 17th Lok Sabha elections, where polling was held in 7, out of the 45 constituencies of Maharashtra, an exceedingly high number of cases had been registered in the police for violations of the Model Code of Conduct, which has been implemented since March 10.
As per statements by the Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde, around 10, 397 FIRs have been registered.
A majority of them, i.e., more than 9000, were pertaining to the storing and distribution of illicit liquor, as a means of voter inducement.
Around 457 were lodged for possession of firearms.
The remaining were mainly concerned with drugs, unaccounted cash, gold, unauthorised banners, use of loudspeakers, inflammatory speeches, and holding meetings without permission. Any action is yet to be taken against the offenders.
Polling will be conducted in Maharashtra in four phases. The first phase, on April 11, is complete, with 61.8% turnout in the seven constituencies. Ten constituencies will go to poll on April 18, in the second phase. Fifteen constituencies will conduct elections on April 23, in the third phase, and the remaining thirteen seats on April 29, in the fourth phase. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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