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EC notice to Badal for violating model code

For mixing official visits with election campaign tours



Parkash Singh Badal

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday night issued notice to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by mixing his official visits with campaign tours.

The poll body has asked the Chief Minister to reply by 5pm on Tuesday why action should not be taken against him for the violation when the model code is in force in view of the bye-elections in Amritsar South Assembly constituency.

The Election Commission pulled up Mr. Badal for clubbing his visits to Taran Taran and Moga with campaign trips to Amritsar on as many as six specific occasions between April 28 and May 15.

It pointed out that all ministers, whether Central or State, shall not combine in any manner their official tours with election work after announcement of bye-elections.

“Any visit to the districts where a bye-election is being held... have to be completely private in nature and such private visits should begin and end at the Minister’s headquarters,” it said.

It said the Chief Minister clubbing his visits to Taran Taran and Moga with electioneering campaign trips to Amritsar “constitute a violation of the provisions of the model code of conduct.”

Shiromani Akali Dal candidate candidate Inderbir Singh Bolaria is pitted against Congress’ Navdeep Singh Goldy in the May 22 bye-elections.

The Amritsar South seat fell vacant due the death of sitting Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Raminder Singh Bolaria.

Chandigarh: The Election Commission of Punjab has suspended two Returning Officers (ROs) and an Assistant RO and also imposed a penalty on them for “negligence” during the recent civic polls.. PTI

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