BJP candidate charged with violating conduct code

March 19th, 2009 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) Sarvesh Kumar Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Moradabad parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh, has been charged with violating the model code of conduct by holding an election meeting at a school, an official said Thursday.
“We issued a notice to Sarvesh Kumar Singh today (Thursday) for defying the model code of conduct by using the premises of a private school for addressing an election meeting,” Avaneesh Kumar Sharma, additional district magistrate, told IANS on phone.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Singh held election meetings at a private college in Thakurdwara locality of Moradabad, about 300 km from Lucknow.

“A two-member inquiry team, comprising a deputy superintendent of police and a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), has been directed to submit a detailed report in this regard,” said Sharma.

The report will be sent to the State Election Commission (SEC) to initiate further action against the BJP candidate.

Once the model code of conduct comes into effect, election meetings cannot be organised in schools and religious places without prior permission from district authorities.

Lok Sabha polls will be held in five phases in the state from April 16 to May 13.

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