The state election commission received 315 model code of conduct violation complaints in the general elections this time, 108 more than the last Lok Sabha elections in 2009.
The poll code had come into force on March 5. The EC received 65 complaints from opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), 18 from ruling Congress and 232 from individuals.
As per chief electoral officer (CEO) Narender Chauhan, about 18 complaints were still pending due to non-availability of accurate or required data. “Regarding pending complaints data is not available with the EC,” said Chauhan.
The first complaint was received against chief minister Virbhadra Singh from the BJP, alleging that the CM was misusing government chopper when the poll code was in force.
BJP had also complained against All-India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi accusing him of delivering a hate speech in his Solan rally on May 1. State election commission referred the complaint to ECI, which on May 9 served notice to Rahul Gandhi and sought a reply by May 12.
In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the EC had received 207 complaints, including 77 from political parties. Congress had filed highest complaints (59), followed by BJP (9), BSP (7) and Communist Party of India (2). Of all the complaints, 23 were suo motu action taken by the EC.
However, the number of complaints was higher during the Vidhan Sabha elections in 2012. The EC had received 374 complaints, of which 91 came from the Congress and 27 from the BJP 27.