EC notice to Vasundhara for violating electoral code

December 1st, 2008 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The Election Commission Monday issued notice to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia for alleged violation of the model electoral code of conduct and sought her reply by Tuesday evening.Rajasthan goes to polls Dec 4 to elect a 200-member state Assembly.

The notice against Scindia came after the Commission took cognizance of a report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar that she gave Rs.500 to a child of Hunari Bai of village Bharia Mahuda in an election campaign meeting held at Chhoti Sarwan in Banswara district Nov 25 to solicit votes.

The model code of conduct states that all parties and candidates should scrupulously avoid all activities, which are ‘corrupt practices’ and offence under the election law. This includes bribing of voters.

“The act of bribing some persons in an election meeting is clear violation of the provisions of model code of conduct,” a Commission statement said.

Raje is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Jhalrapatan assembly constituency in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan.

“The Election Commission hereby gives you an opportunity to explain by 5 p.m. Dec 2 as to why you disregarded and violated the model code of conduct, failing which the Commission will take further action without any further notice,” the statement added.

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