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Nach Baliye rules abided by

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mumbai (UNI): Amid reports of a couple participating in the TV dance show Nach Baliye2 having allegedly procured 200 prepaid SIM cards to garner maximum votes to win the competition, Star One, the channel on which the show is being aired, has said rules and regulations set for Nach Baliye 2 have not been violated by any of its participants. ''The rules and regulations set for Nach Baliye 2 have not been violated in any way whatsoever by any of its participants,''Star One said in a statement.

In the statement, the CEO of Star Entertainment Sameer Nair said,''we have definitely encouraged all Nach Baliye participants to canvas for votes, and many of them have gone the extra mile to do so - from printing posters and distributing them, travelling to different parts of the country and canvassing, urging their family, friends and fans to vote for them in large numbers, to getting special "vote for us" T-shirts created.

However, the rules of 'Nach Baliye 2 state clearly that no more than 20 votes will be accepted from any one landline, cell number or email id per episode. The participants are committed to abiding by all the rules of the show, and our systems are robust enough to ensure that all set rules and regulations are followed in toto." Media reports last week said the couple participating in the reality show had bought 200 SIM cards (mobile connections) of a private mobile company registered in a third person's name so that they can get maximum 'audience' votes in the reality dance competition which is at a crucial stage.

Describing reports in the media as "baseless accusations that affect the reputation and credibility of the participants and the show", Mr Nair said,''the channel and the company regret the use of slanderous language by parts of the media, and urge them not to hype these baseless accusations.''

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