Chandigarh: The Election Commission of India has decided that the existing instructions regarding use of aircraft during the election process will stand and there would be no relaxation in the matter for any reason.
Stating this here today, Haryana chief electoral officer, Sajjan Singh said that there would be a complete ban on use of aircraft owned by Government and Public Sector Undertaking, by political functionaries, including chief ministers and ministers.
The only exemption is for the Prime Minister in office.
He said that requests had been received from some of the chief ministers for relaxation of these restrictions for various reasons including those of security.
“The Commission reviewed the matter in depth and obtained further inputs from appropriate quarters in this regard. After taking into consideration all relevant factors into account, the Commission decided that the existing instructions in the matter would stand and there would be no relaxation”, he said.
Singh said that the Commission’s existing restrictions did not, however, prohibit use of private aircraft by political functionaries including the chief minister.
Such political functionary may, if required, hire private aircraft and use it for their political campaign and other election related activities.
The expenses of use of such aircrafts could be paid by the concerned political parties and have to be accounted for suitably in their accounts.
The assembly polls in Haryana for 90 seats are slated for 13 October next.