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AP Speaker's Slip Of Tongue Continues To Haunt

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao's bad time is still continuing in the 2014 election code violation case. During a TV interview in June, Kodela's revelation that he had to spend Rs. 11.50 crores during his 2014 contest against YSRCP's Ambati Rambabu is still haunting him with several enquiries.

Soon after Kodela's revelation, a lawyer named Alexander Sudhakar had complained to the President of India requesting him to take action against the AP Speaker. The Rashtrapati Bhavan in turn directed the Union Home Ministry to take necessary action. The Home Ministry then directed the Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chief Secretary of India to take necessary action and even asked them to update the Rashtrapati Bhavan about their action against Kodela.

According to the election code of conduct, no candidate should spend more than Rs. 28 lakhs while contesting on an MLA ticket. In his petition, Alexander Sudhakar alleged that Kodela had influenced his voters by buying them with money and eventually winning the election in an injudicious manner.

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