In a clear directive, EC has also instructed cops to coordinate with the expenditure commissioner and get the expenditure budget of these meetings in advance. These should then be forthwith be sent to the EC in the next 24 hours so as to allow the EC time to review the expenses. The EC, though, have exempted all those with a security threat from moving around with a cap on their cars. Usually, candidate are issued only a few campaign vehicles where its mandatory to display the permission slip.
The cops though want a clarification on the nature in which permission is to be granted to political parties to hold elections. "We will clarify if permission for public meetings and rallies of political parties would be granted on first come, first served basis as is the norm in several cities," said a senior officer at Lalbazar.
Moreover, all public meetings should be held only after obtaining due permission from the jurisdictional police stations. The events should be held only at the permitted places and no change in routes of the rallies would be allowed. Loud speakers should not be used between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and no campaign would be allowed after 10 p.m.
"The ECI has a clear view on the matter of expenditure and distribution of goodies. Any event or function that witnesses distribution of freebies, gifts, and is used for campaign is against the model code of conduct and will invite reprimand," a senior police official told TOI. "We are keeping a close watch on history sheeters and we are determined to execute all pending warrants. We will inform EC and take stringent action against violations of the model code as instructed by the EC," said special additional CP (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra.