EC gives clean chit to Modi in poll conduct violation probe
The Election Commission today said that there was no violation of model code of conduct during filing of nomination papers by Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat on April 9.
The EC had asked Vadodara Returning Officer Vinod Rao to conduct an inquiry whether there were people more than the prescribed limit when Mr Modi filed his nomination before the Returning Officer.
Talking to UNI, Mr Rao said that he has already submitted his report to the EC and found the number of people present during Mr Modi's filing of nomination papers were within the prescribed limits and no violation of model code of conduct took place. He said there were 10 people present at that time and candidate can take four persons alongwith him in the Returning Officer's chamber. Since BJP's sitting MP and Mr Modi's dummy candidate Balkrishna Shukla was present in the chamber and he was also entitled to take four persons alongwith him in the returning officer's chamber.
Mr Rao said he had verified the numbers of people who were in the room with Mr Modi as a total of five people including the candidate are allowed in the room of the Returning Officer.
Mr Modi, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election for the first time in his political career, was accompanied by Kiran Mahida, who has a tea shop near Vadodara Municipal Corporation office, Shubhangini Raje Gaikwad, the Rajmata of erstwhile royal family and Neelaben Desai, widow of former BJP leader Makrand Desai.
State BJP president R C Faldu, party's Gujarat in-charge Om Mathur, senior party leader Purushottam Rupala and Cabinet ministers Anandi Patel, Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel and others also accompanied Mr Modi. Mr Modi also carried out a road show before filing his nominations.
He is also contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in his bid to enter the parliament. Gujarat is scheduled to go to polls on April 30 for the 26 Lok Sabha seats.
Election will be held here on April 30.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)