Less than 48 hours after the election code of conduct was enforced, two alleged cases of violation of the code have been reported, one pertaining to the Congress and the other to NCP leader and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
The code of conduct is a set of guidelines by the election commission to govern the conduct of political parties. It comes into force from the time the election is declared to the time of the results.
One of the cases of code violation took place in Mumbai on Thursday. The civic body took note of a complaint by Shiv Sena corporator Snehal Jadhav against a Congress worker in Dadar (west) for organising a job fair that promised 8,000 jobs.
The function was held at the civic body’s garden without permission. Initially, the function was organised by Prathamesh, son of Congress legislator Kalidas Kolambkar, who is hopeful of a Congress ticket. “Though the function was planned under the banner of Congress, it was cancelled after election code was imposed. An NGO, Shramik Seva Sangh, requested us to let it go ahead with the function under its banner,” said Kolambkar.
Dr Kishor Kshirsagar, deputy municipal commissioner, said: “I have asked the local municipal officer to register a case against the organisers for influencing voters.”
Assistant municipal commissioner DP Jain, assistant police commissioner Madhukar Sankhe and senior inspector of Dadar police station AD Unde were not available for comments on registering the offence.
The other case of alleged code violation took place in Pune. Earlier in the day, State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan asked Pune civic chief Mahesh Pathak to send a report after the Sena alleged on Wednesday that Ajit Pawar has violated the code by laying the foundation stone for a Rs 68-crore flyover at Shivaji Nagar in Pune. Pawar is Pune’s guardian minister.
“I got verbal complaints, after which I called the Pune commissioner, who has already got a written complaint. I have asked him to prepare a report after which we will decide the course of action,” Satyanarayan said.