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Liquor licence

POLL PITCH

New Delhi, March 31: As the financial year came to an end today, the Election Commission asked the state governments to avoid granting fresh liquor licences till the polling in the state concerned is over.

The panel said in cases where the governments are in position to make an interim arrangement beyond the current financial year, they should extend the contract under existing terms and conditions till polling in that particular state ends.

Toy plane

Ghaziabad (PTI): Uttar Pradesh police have issued a specific alert of a possible air-borne attack targeting election rallies across the state. The alert has been sent to all the districts.

“We have got an alert stating that toy planes and helicopters, which are operated by remotes, can be used to attack political rallies,” a senior officer said.

Homeless

New Delhi (PTI): A new brigade is gearing up for the Lok Sabha polls as more than 8,000 homeless people, scattered across the capital, have been issued voter IDs by the Delhi Election Commission.

“We had registered around 7,000 voters last year during the Assembly polls here. This month, till March 22, we have on record more than 8,000 homeless people registered as voters,” said Neeraj Bharti, additional CEO of the poll panel.

Cash seized

Mumbai: Police have seized Rs 1.21 lakh in cash from alleged NCP activists outside the office of Anand Paranjpe, the party’s sitting MP and candidate from Kalyan, reports our special correspondent.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the activists had distributed the cash to auto drivers for putting up Paranjpe’s campaign posters, an officer said.

Jaaved in fray

New Delhi (PTI): The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced its 13th list of candidates for 22 Lok Sabha seats. It has fielded actor Jaaved Jaaferi from Lucknow constituency. He will take on BJP chief Rajnath Singh.

In a boost for the AAP, veteran freedom fighter Captain Abbas Ali, who was part of the Subhash Chandra Bose-led Indian National Army, has voiced support for the party.