The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday issued a showcause notice to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly saying that while crores of rupees are spent on elections, only a little is disclosed.
Noting that he had prima facie violated the model code of conduct, the EC has asked him to explain his stand on the alleged statement by the evening of May 2, failing which the poll panel will take action.
Acting on a complaint of the Punjab Congress, the EC said the provision of the model code is clear that “All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are corrupt practices and offences under the election law...”
The panel referred to his April 12 speech in Jalandhar in which he reportedly said that “crores are spent on campaigning, though we show less in expenditure details... Give quietly, don’t give openly.”
The EC reminded Badal of Section 77 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which prescribes that every candidate at an election shall, either by himself or by his election agent, keep a separate and correct account of all poll-related expenditure incurred or authorised by him.