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Congress Governments violating Model Code: BJP

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 7 (UNI) A BJP delegation today called on Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon here and complained that Congress were ''misusing'' state funds through advertisements for election purposes.

In a memorandum submitted with the Election Commission, the delegation led by BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded immediate action against the Haryana Government and UPA Government at the Centre under Election Rules clauses 16A for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

It said the Congress Government in Haryana had issued advertisements appeared in many newspapers on April 5, which read "Aap Ka Saath, Hamaara Prayas-Hoga Vikas.

Many newspapers in which the advertisement appeared also had circulation in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam which might influence the voters, they pointed said.

The advertisements had shown Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with the Congress symbol "hand", although Ms Gandhi was neither Chairman of the National Security Council nor she had gone to Haryana to attend any function there.

The delegation claimed that the Election Commission had notified the schedule for the Rae Bareily Lok Sabha by election and the same advertisement had appeared in many Hindi newspapers, being published from Rae Bareily, thus violating the Model Code of Conduct.


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