EC investigates Congressional model code violation accusation against Nadda
The Election Commission is investigating Congress’ allegation that BJP Chairman JP Nadda violated the model code of conduct during his recent visit to Jharkhand, where a by-election will be held later this month, a an official said Thursday.
The Congress, which is part of the JMM-led ruling coalition in Jharkhand, had filed a complaint with the EC on June 7, accusing Nadda of breaching the model code of conduct by ‘soliciting’ for the BJP Mandar by-election candidate. at a tribal gathering here, which was supposed to be a “non-election” program.
“The ADM (law and order) is investigating the matter. We will only be able to tell you if any action will be taken after analyzing his report,” Ranchi Deputy Deputy Commissioner and Head of Elections Chhavi Ranjan told reporters. Nadda addressed the tribal gathering at Ranchi’s Morabadi field on June 5.
The Congress had alleged that the BJP national chairman sought favors for his party’s candidate at the rally, which was a violation of the model code of conduct.
Against the Congress allegation, BJP State Chairman Deepak Prakash claimed that the model code of conduct is only applicable in the assembly constituency where the by-election is scheduled.
The by-vote will take place on June 23 and the votes will be counted three days later.
Ranjan said there were 14 candidates remaining in the by-election in Mandar in Ranchi district.
A total of 19 candidates had filed nomination papers.
“Four applications were rejected during the review while one person withdrew their application on Thursday,” Deputy Commissioner de Ranchi said.
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