The state Congress committee has urged the state election commission (EC) to take action against chief minister BC Khanduri for publishing advertisements in newspapers that violated the model code of conduct.
In a letter to the EC, the Congress said that chief minister BC Khanduri was a contestant for Kotdwar Vidhan Sabha seat and his advertisements had been appearing in prominent newspapers of the state on the front page. Till now, more than Rs1 crore had been spent on this advertisement campaign featuring Khanduri.
"EC has set Rs11 lakh as the spending limit for the candidates contesting the assembly elections. We demand action against the chief minister as he has spent more than the stipulated limit on campaigning," said party spokesperson Surendra Kumar.
Many hoardings featuring Khanduri had been erected by the roadsides and their cost also ran into lakhs, he said. He also charged Khanduri with violating section 77 of Representation of People's Act. Kumar said that the expenses incurred on rallies of Congress’ star campaigners had been added to the expenses of the local candidates, while the advertisement campaign by the BJP was being ignored.