BJP complains to EC over code violation by CM

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Shimla, Dec 8 (UNI) The BJP today called upon the Election Commission to take strict action against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his Ministers for their consistent violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

''The party demands action against the Chief Minister, his Ministers and party leaders who have been making derogatory and uncalled for statements against the BJP leaders,'' BJP in-charge of Himachal Pradesh affairs Satpal Jain said at a press conference here.

He drew the EC's attention towards Union Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma's yesterday's statement at a public meeting at Una district where he had termed the BJP as a party of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.

Welcoming the poll panel's decision of pulling up the state government for its announcement of opening up a new medical college in Mandi, Mr Jain said this along with the challan of the CM's vehicle and misuse of helicopter during the election campaign proved their charge that it was violating the model code of conduct.

''Besides violating the Code of Conduct, Congress leaders are continuously using derogatory and unparliamentary language against a constitutional body for announcing an early election schedule for the state,'' he said.

The BJP leader said his party seeks strict action against the state government for continuing to violate the code.

He also rubbished the senior Congress leader R K Dhawan's recent statement that the BJP leaders were campaigning here because they were afraid of going to Gujarat, he said the senior party leaders were campaigning aggressively in both the states where assembly elections were being held.

''It is a matter of pride for the Himachalis that national leaders are seeking votes in the state,'' he added.

UNI

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