Election Commission asks Reserve Bank to reconsider decision to not ease cash withdrawal limits for polls

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday repeated its demand that the Reserve Bank of India increase cash withdrawal limits for candidates contesting the Assembly polls, after the central bank declined to do so on Friday.

“It is re-iterated that that it is the constitutional mandate of the ECI (Election Commission of India) to conduct free and fair elections and to provide (a) level playing field to all candidates. In order to facilitate proper conduct of elections, it is imperative that directions issued by the commission are complied with,” Dilip Sharma, Director General (Election Expenditure) wrote in a letter to RBI Governor Urijit Patel.

Sharma said “it appears the Reserve Bank of India has not realized the gravity of the matter,” and urged it to reconsider the EC’s proposal.

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