BJP’s Vikram Singh violates MCC ahead of UP polls

Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan. 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Fatehpur, Vikram Singh violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) ascribed by the Election Commission ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls.

Uttar Pradesh Police has seized three cars of the candidate. Singh took the permission of 10 vehicles for the procession from the authorities but the ground reality was different where BJP workers swarmed the road with more than permissible limit, this has flouted the model code of conduct spelled out by Election Commission.

The Model Code of Conduct came into force following the announcement of polls dates in Uttar Pradesh on January 4.

Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, election manifestos, processions and general conduct.

The Congress today filed a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for alleging violation of Model Code of Conduct.

In a complaint filed with the Election Commission, the Congress has quoted the example of the Prime Minister's video conferencing address at Ramayana Darshnam Exhibition on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda's birthday.

The Congress has alleged Prime Minister Modi utilised the event as a part of an election campaign in the name of religion by invoking and making statements regarding Hindu idols.

The grand old party quoted the Prime Minister where he mentioned different characters of the Indian epic Ramayana and compared his government's policies with that of Lord Rama, accusing him of invoking religion to further the election prospects of the BJP.

Earlier on January 13, the BJP had filed a complaint with the poll panel against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for hurting religious sentiments, by co-relating the symbol of Congress with religious gods such as Shiv, Guru Nanak, Buddha, Islam and Mahavir.

In a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, the BJP has alleged that Rahul, during a Jan Vedna Sammelan convention, held in Delhi, violated the provisions of Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, Model Code of Conduct and guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.

Source: ANI