'Show zero tolerance to defaulters'

At a time when political posters have started springing up in a large number of areas ahead of the Assembly polls, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has issued directions to civic agencies and police to show zero tolerance to defacement of public places.


With no check by the Election Commission yet, since the poll process has not been notified, posters are being used by politicians at the local level to establish links with voters and impress seniors by putting congratulatory messages at markets and walls of public and private properties.

“There will be zero tolerance toward those trying to deface public property,” Jung said in a direction to officials.

He said defacement of property by a small section of the population not only disfigures public property but also nullifies the government’s efforts to give a clean look to the city.
Defacement of public property is a criminal offence under the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007.

The offence is punishable by law, with imprisonment up to one year or fine of Rs 50,000, or both.

“Jung also issued a public appeal to this effect on November 23 and 24, where he asked people to participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He told people to refrain from defacing public property and prevent others from doing so,” a Raj Niwas statement said.

Jung issued directions to the Police Commissioner, the Chief Secretary and municipal commissioners to take action against those found indulging in defacement of public property.

Leaders of the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have started putting up posters in colonies to impress their seniors. “Some ticket aspirants are also using these posters to impress their seniors before ticket distribution,” a former BJP legislator said.

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