Govt hired the social media firm for EC campaign during Maharashtra elections, says state poll chief amid allegations of BJP IT cell link
State chief electoral officer in his interim report clarified that the social media agency was not hired by them but the publicity department of the state government.
In a statement, it also said that it was 'misleading and incorrect' to suggest that the CEO Maharashtra had engaged any agency on political considerations.
RTI activist had claimed Maharashtra CEO issued ads via an agency linked to BJP IT cell.
The announcement came after the poll panel decided to defer eight bypolls -- seven assembly and one Lok Sabha seat -- citing floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The condition in Assam and Bihar have worsened following heavy rainfall and flood.
Bihar opposition parties want EC to assure that assembly polls won't trigger fresh spike in COVID cases
Ahead of their virtual meeting with the Commission top brass this evening, the parties submitted a memorandum to the poll panel drawing its attention to the coronavirus situation in the state.
Currently, there is no clarity on when the Covid infection could be contained completely.
A graduates' constituency is one in which only graduates from any recognised Indian university, or those with an equivalent qualification, can vote.
While 17 members from six states are retiring on April 9, one from Meghalaya is retiring on April 12.
Election to fill up 55 seats in the Upper House of Parliament was to be held on March 26, but 37 candidates have already been elected without a contest.
Earlier in Wednesday morning, a high-voltage drama unfolded near the resort in Bengaluru where rebel Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh are staying, as Singh staged a protest there.
Party high-command has identified 20,000 areas in the state where new memberships drive will be initiated.
The election watchdog has been pushing for greater transparency in the election-related expenditure by parties and candidates.
The Collector said they should be more vigilant from filing of nomination till completion of counting of votes.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday issued notification for election to four vacancies in Rajya Sabha along with 55 seats in 17 States scheduled on March 26.