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EC serves notice to Digvijay Singh for violating poll conduct

The Election Commission on Monday issued a show-cause notice to former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

New Delhi, May 7 : The Election Commission on Monday issued a show-cause notice to former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

The Commission has asked Singh to reply by Tuesday, explaining as to why he stayed in Varanasi even after the campaigning got over for the Assembly polls there on May 1.

The notice said that the Congress leader wilfully violated the section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which prohibits election campaigns by way of public meetings, processions or any other means forty-eight hours prior to the poll date.

Contrary to this, Singh stayed in Varanasi till 10 A.M. on May 3, even as the period for campaign ended at 5 P.M. on May 1.

Interestingly, he continued to stay there despite a written communication from District Election Officer, Varanasi, in which he was requested to comply with the directions of the Commission.

The Election Commission had on January 8 stated that after the closure of campaign period, no campaign could take place within the constituency.

It had also barred the presence of political functionaries, party workers, procession functionaries, and campaign functionaries brought from outside the constituency and who were not voters of the constituency, citing it may undermine the atmosphere for free and fair poll.

ANI

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