RLD leader Amar Singh violates model code of conduct

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Agra, March 20: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Amar Singh, who recently joined the party violated "model code of conduct" on the first day of campaigning in the Taj city Agra, in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a report, Amar Singh, who is contesting from Fatehpur Sikri on RLD ticket, took more vehicles than permitted and one of them was not even bearing a number plate, that was 'seized' by the district administration.

Amar Singh violated model code of conduct in 2009, when he was in SP.

Amar Singh wanted to campaign in an open jeep to reach out to voters, but the Election Commission didn't paid any heed to his desire and instead, told him to campaign in an closed vehicle for his election campaigns.

Another blow came to Amar Singh when he wasn't allowed to hold road show in all five assembly segments including Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gramin, Kheragarh and Iradat Nagar.

He got permission to hold campaign in only three constituencies with less number of vehicles.

His roadshow in Fatehpur Sikri evoked a rather cold response.

To the disappointment of many, actor Jayaprada chose to skip the event.

The contest for the Fatehpur Sikri seat has become hot with the BJP reposing faith in the local heavyweight Choudhary Babu Lal.

This is not the first time that Amar Singh is in news for violating model code of conduct.

In 2009, when he was Samajwadi Party's (SP) national general secretary, he was booked under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 for seeking votes on caste line.

Amar Singh, who parted ways with his erstwhile mentor Mualayam Singh Yadav in 2010, joined the RLD of Ajit Singh - an ally of the ruling UPA and the civil aviation minister, earlier this month.

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