Thursday, December 13, 2012

Election Commission orders probe into NaMo's bulk SMSs

Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday, ordered a probe into bulk SMSes being sent from LM_NaMoGj which offered people to become part of the chief minister Narendra Modi's team for the assembly election.
The message which was sent from the same toll-free number (8000980009) used by the chief minister to seek people's support for his decision to ban gurkha in state from September 11 also asked the recipients to send their name and email.
Interestingly, people expressing their support to the ban on gutkha have ended up receiving messages on subjects like Modi completing 4'000 days in the office. Now, despite Model Code of Conduct coming into effect, thousands of bulk SMSes are being sent to the people.
Sources in the Election Commission indicated that it had taken note of the move and had already police to inquire into the matter. “We will have to see that if the number and bulk SMS system is being used by the government resources, a political party or an individual. After establishing that who has used it, we will decide as to how we should count the expense of such bulk SMSes,” said an official.
Confirming the EC's directive, a senior police official said, “We have received instruction from the Election Commission on Monday in this regard and have already started an inquiry into the matter,” said an official.