Poll code violation charges against Uttar Pradesh minister

April 8th, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh minister, who is also a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, faces poll code violation charges after he allegedly addressed a late night public gathering using loudspeakers.
Cooperative Minister Swami Prasad Maurya allegedly addressed the public meeting 11.30 p.m. Monday in Singapatti village in Kushinagar constituency, some 300 km from here. Maurya is the BSP nominee from there.

“A case has been registered against the minister for using loudspeakers in his public meeting around 11.30 in the night,” police inspector R.A. Yadav told IANS on phone.

As per the election code of conduct, use of loudspeakers in public meetings is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The police said the case against Maurya was registered Tuesday night following directives from district officials.

“We will inform the State Election Commission (SEC) about the violation of the poll code of conduct by the minister so that further action can be taken,” Yadav said.

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