MP assembly polls: Congress moves EC against Kailash Vijayvargiya

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Bhopal, Oct 16: Opposition Congress on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission seeking "appropriate" action against BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya for his remarks on the model code of conduct.

"During a function to worship arms of a particular community on the occasion of Dusshera festival in Nandanagar area yesterday, Vijayvargiya expressed his unhappiness over the issue of Model Code of Conduct and said he did not care about the model code," Congress Spokesman Narendra Saluja said in the complaint.

Saluja termed Vijayvargiya's statement as against the democratic values and added that it has put a big question mark on the entire system.

He requested the Election Commission to initiate suitable action against the minister.

Meanwhile, a BJP spokesman said on condition of anonymity said that the fundamental right of political leaders on observing religious freedom should not be undermined in the name of implementation of model code, and the election commission should approach a 'practical' approach in this regard in the view of festive season.

Kailash Vijayvargiya gave Rs 100 notes to girls at a function in Mhow.

Yesterday, TV channels were showing video footage of Kailash Vijayvargiya doling out Rs 100 notes to girls at a function. Distributing money days ahead of assembly elections is a brazen violation of model code of conduct of the Election Commission.

However, Vijaywargiya remained defiant on his action and clarified that offering money to girls is a part of our culture. Angered by the reaction of the opposition parties, Vijayvargiya even said that he may not even contest elections in protest.

The assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are scheduled to take place on November 25 in single phase.

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