Notice issued to BJP candidate for violating model code of conduct

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2014 08:52 IST

Taking cognizance of a two-page advertisement published in newspapers, the Gurgaon district administration on Wednesday issued a notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Gurgaon, Umesh Aggarwal, for violation of model code of conduct.

Stating that he had been asked to reply within 48 hours of issuing the notice, an official release said the advertisement was published in newspapers on Tuesday and it appeared to have been given on behalf of Umesh Aggarwal.

The release further said on one side of the advertisement, some pictures of newspaper clippings had been printed and on the other side, advertisements listing the priorities of the BJP candidate had been printed.

The district administration has taken strong exception to it as the model code of conduct came into force on September 12,, 2014.

According to election rules, for publishing any advertisement, the candidate has to seek permission from the district administration.

The candidate should further disclose the expenditure on the advertisement to the concerned returning officer.

Moreover, the returning officer should verify if the advertisement contained something that could incite hatred among different castes or communities.

The release stated that no permission was taken from the concerned returning officer for publishing the advertisement.

The release added that neither did the advertisement bear any print line, giving information about the press that had printed the advertisement, nor were the number of printed copies mentioned.

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