Poll panel notice to BJP’s Kailash JoshiApril 30th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The Election Commission Thursday issued notice to Kailash Joshi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Bhopal seat, for violating the model code of conduct.
Joshi “printed and distributed some calendars among the electors in Sehore and Bhopal with a view to soliciting votes”, the notice said according to an Election Commission statement.
“The calendars bear religious invocations along with your photograph with the caption, ‘Good wishes of Narmada Jayanti from Kailash Joshi, Member of Parliament’.
“The Commission has made a preliminary enquiry in the matter and it has been brought to the notice of the Commission that though the distribution of the aforesaid calendars started before the model code of conduct came into force, it continues now also,” the poll panel said.
“(Distributing) such calendars among the electors during the election period does, in a way, appeal to them for voting in favour of a particular candidate,” it said.
Urging him to stop further distribution of such calendars immediately, the Commission asked him to reply to the notice within two days.
The Commission also sought an action taken report from the railways ministry on an incident of capturing a narrow gauge train by “some political activists” for campaigning on the Gwalior-Shivpuri route.
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