Deora, Nirupam and Kadam are Congress candidates from Mumbai South, Mumbai North and Pune respectively while Deepak Shirole is the BJP’s candidate from Pune.

The four were held guilty by the Election Commission appointed Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the district and state levels.

The Mumbai district committee and the Pune district committee of the MCMC had upheld the charges against Kadam and Shirole.

The Mumbai district committee leveled paid news charges against Nirupam and Deora. They initially appealed to the state committee but later withdrew their plea.

The candidates will have to agree to include the money incurred on the particular media coverage as his/her election expense.


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