Pehowa sub-divisional magistrate-cum-returning officer (RO) Dharamvir Singh issued notice to Congress candidate Mandeep Singh Chattha and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Jaswinder Singh Sandhu for poll code violations.
HT on Sunday had published the pictures of Chattha holding a rally in a temple at Nessi village, and Sandhu giving money to a woman in Kraha village.
Chattha is the son of finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha and is contesting elections for the first time.
Sandhu has won the elections three times in a row from Pehowa in 1991, 1996 and 2000. He was also a minister in the Chautala government.
Sandhu justified his act by saying that the woman was poor.
The RO said, “We have issued notices to both candidates. They have to reply within 24 hours.”
According to the model code of conduct, mosques, churches, temples and other places of worship cannot be used as venues for election propaganda. Giving money to voters also qualifies as violation.