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Pawar’s speech under scanner

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CEC expresses satisfaction over arrangements for polls

— PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

In trouble?: Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar with Ministers for Agriculture of States at the NAARM in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: The Election Commission has called for a report to ascertain whether Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar promised that the Centre would announce the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy in the next few days.

It has sought a report from the National Academy of Agricultural Research & Management (NAARM) at Rajendranagar near here where the Union Minister addressed a national conference of Agriculture Ministers and later interacted with the media. NAARM may be asked to submit video-clippings of the Minister’s speech.

In the event that the announcement was found to be in violation of the model code of conduct for the byelections, Mr Pawar too might be issued a notice by the Commission asking him to show cause why action could not be taken against him.

The code is in force in 10 districts where the bypolls are being held to four Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies.

Talking to reporters, Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao said former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had replied to the notice served on him on his alleged violation of code of conduct by addressing an election meeting in Jadcherla beyond the 10 pm deadline on May 19. Sources said Mr. Naidu denied violating the code.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswamy, who was on a day’s visit to the city, expressed satisfaction over the arrangements for the polling on May 29 after a review with the Chief Electoral Officer, Chief Secretary P. Ramakantha Reddy and Director-General of Police S.S. P. Yadav. Sources said Mr. Gopalaswamy asked searching questions whether the State government was interfering with the election machinery in any matter and expressed happiness when the Chief Secretary replied in the negative.

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