TAKING A serious note of violation of the model code of conduct, returning officer Hari Shankar Dubey has issued an ultimatum to mayoral candidates to remove all posters , banners and other publicity materials from public buildings, electricity and telephone poles, by 6 pm on October 27.
If they fail to comply with directive, the RO will recommend to the State Election Commission to reject the nomination of the guilty candidates, as well as lodging of an FIR. Dubey said mayoral candidates were violating the code of conduct.
Campaign picks up pace
THE CAMPAIGN for the local bodies’ election has gathered momentum with many leaders joining it in support of their respective candidates.
Addressing a meeting at the AG Office gate here on Thursday, Samajwadi Party MP Rewati Raman Singh lashed out at the Central Government for its ‘anti-people’ policies. He demanded votes for Samajwadi Party candidate Vinod Chandra Dubey.
Congress candidate Chaudhry Jitendra Nath Singh alleged the chief minister had violated the code of conduct by attempting to distribute cheques and allowances.
All India Congress Committee Women Cell president Prof Rita Bahuguna Joshi addressed a meeting at the gates of the ITI and the BPCL in support of Chaudhary.
A series of meeting were organised in support of BJP candidate Vijay Kumar Mishra at Allenganj, Rasoolabad, Shivkuti and Malak Raj. MLA Dr NKS Gaur, MLC Dr Yagya Dutt Sharma and Devendra Singh Chauhan said despite having several MPs, the mayor and MLAs, the Samajwadi Party had not brought a single project to the city. They charged the government with spoiling the careers of many students by allowing self-examination centres for the UP Board examination.
Independent mayoral candidate Anand Mohan said the administration had failed to take action against those violating the code of conduct.
Meanwhile, according to a Gorakhpur report, campaigning for the municipal corporation election has gained momentum after Diwali and Eid. The candidates have intensified their mass contact programme and the bigwigs of various political parties have joined the election campaign.
Union minister and senior Congress leader Mahavir Prasad addressed over a dozen meetings in favour of Congress candidate for mayoral post Ramesh Gupta.
State president of the party Salman Khurshid is expected here on October 29.
BJP has also expedited their election campaign and former cine star turned politician Shatrughan Sinha would address the public meeting in favour of BJP candidate for mayoral post Anju Chaudhary on October 27. Earlier, Keshari Nath Tripathi and state secretary Dr Ramapati Tripathi had addressed meetings.