In its complaint, BJP has alleged the PM's media adviser

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Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, April 20:Pankaj Pachouri talked at length about the achievements of the Prime Minister at his press conference on Friday.

"The media adviser is also a government employee and he is violating the Model Code of Conduct(MCC) by speaking about the government's achievements. We have demanded a thorough inquiry into it and apropriate action in this regard," he said.

The BJP memorandum alleges the PM's media adviser has "frontally violated" the provisions of section VII of the MCC that states that the party in power shall ensure that no cause is given for any complaint that it has used its official position for the purpose of election campaign.

The party accused Pachouri, who is a government servant, of "wilful breach" of the code. "We request the EC to take a serious note of this and proceed against the concerned persons for violation of the MCC," it said.

While stating that the former media advisor is a free citizen as the MCC does not bind him after he chose this time to release his magnum opus, the BJP said the current media advisor cannot act in a "juvenile manner thinking that the freedom which the ex-media advisor enjoys, will ipso facto be available to him also".

It said Pachauri is a government servant drawing his salary from the Consolidated Fund of India and this indiscretion on his part exposes him to be charge sheeted under the government servants conduct rules and proceeded against for wilful breach of the code.


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