On Wednesday, a BJP candidate Varun Gandhi faces charges for not paying phone dues of Rs, 38000. The state-run BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) has sent a letter to the Pilibhit District Election Officer directed for immediate action against Mr. Gandhi, who is contesting from Pilibhit in 2019 National Election.
In a written letter on March 30, the BSNL said that the phone dues billed during his 2009-2014 tenure as Pilibhit MP were not paid yet “despite several attempts”.
The letter reads, “An amount of Rs. 38,616 is lying outstanding against a telephone provided for constituency office of Varun Gandhi, ex-MP Pilibhit during his previous term w.e.f 2009 to 2014.”
The BSNL said, “After a long chain of correspondences made by the Lok Sabha secretariat, it has been intimated that the due amount might be pertaining to broadband services which are required to be paid by the MP himself.”
The BJP lawmaker had filed his nomination for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from Pilibhit without a ‘No Objection” letter from the district office of BSNL, reads the letter.
Along with the nomination papers, every candidate has to submit a “No Objection” letter from the government departments to the Election Commission (EC). However, if the candidate does not follow the rules, the EC has full right to cancel their nomination.
Varun Gandhi has contested and won 2014 General Elections from the Sultanpur Parliamentary Constituency. This time, the ruling party has fielded Mr. Gandhi from Pilibhit, his mother Maneka Gandhi’s constituency, she is contesting from Sultanpur, in a straight swap.
Pilibhit will vote on April 23, in the third phase of the National Election, and the results will be announced on May 23.