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HC notice to MP CM on poll petition

Written by: Staff
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Jabalpur, Jul 7 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh High Court today issued notice to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on a petition challenging his election to the state assembly from Budhni.

Hearing a petition filed by defeated Congress candidate Rajkumar Patel accusing Mr Chouhan of corrupt practices, violation of the model code of conduct and contesting election while holding office of profit, Justice A K Saxena issued the notice and fixed the next hearing for August 10.

Petitioner's counsel Manoj Sharma said the government machinery was ''misused'' and the model code of conduct for elections was violated.

The Election Commission had taken note of the irregularities and transferred the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police besides postponing the bypoll. The byelection was held on May 3.

The petition said during the campaign, 26 state ministers were camping in Budhni and several vehicles were made available to them despite the model code being in force.

He said the BJP office bearers and many ministers organised community feasts across Budhni constituency without obtaining permission from the district administration which amounted to corrupt practice.

The petition pointed out that Mr Chouhan had violated the model code by contesting the Budhni bypoll, while holding office- of- profit by heading several state boards and corporations besides holding the post of the Chief Minister.

BJP legislator Rajendra Singh had vacated Budhni seat to facilitate Mr Chouhan's entry into the assembly. The Chief Minister had defeated his nearest rival, Mr Patel, by a margin of more than 36,000 votes.

UNI XC-PS AK HT1750

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