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Bihar polls: Election Commission issues warning to Lalu

Election Commission has warned RJD chief Lalu Prasad to strictly comply with the model code of conduct in future.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2015 11:16 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Election Commission has warned RJD chief Lalu Prasad to strictly comply with the model code of conduct in future.

Additional chief electoral officer of Bihar R Lakshmanan said Prasad has been issued the warning as the poll panel was not satisfied with the reply to the show-cause served on him for violating the norms during his speech in Vaishali on October 5.

He also said Patna district magistrate S Pratima Kumar has served a show-cause on Airport Authority of India for not removing posters and banners of political parties from the premises despite instructions soon after the announcement of election.

EC sources said that railway authorities too were under the scanner following complaints regarding use of space on platforms and bridges, as also trains, for political banners and posters.

All poll banners and posters were on Thursday removed from the premises of Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport, a day after the three-party Grand Alliance (GA) moved EC for removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah’s posters. The GA claimed they were flagrant violation of norms.

A delegation comprising KC Tyagi (JD-U), RPN Singh (Congress), Manoj Jha (RJD) and lawyer KTS Tulsi submitted a memorandum to the CEC giving details of such posters and banners carrying the pictures of BJP leaders and its election symbol at the airport.

“All election banners and posters have been removed from the premises,” said NK Choudhary, deputy general manager of Patna Airport. He said action was taken in accordance to the rules.

But Lakshmanan said it would ask the airport authorities why it had not acted earlier. “They did not following their own rules of not allowing posters and banners of elections,” he added.

With the elections in progress in Bihar, political leaders had been using airport and railway stations for campaigning. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had on many occasions pointed to the misuse of the airport and railway stations besides petrol pumps by NDA leaders for poll campaign.

First Published: Oct 15, 2015 23:14 IST