EC asks for legal action against congress, LPJ candidate in Kangra for code violation

Shimla: Election commission has asked returning officer Kangra constituency to take to legal action against congress candidate Chander Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party (LPJ) candidate Keshav Chauhan for allegedly having violated the election code at the time of filing nomination papers.

When contacted chief electoral officer Anil Khachi said that the election commission took cognizance of a complaint filed by BJP about violations of election code of conduct by the congress and LPJ at Kangra.

The two candidates are reported to have taken more than four persons, which should have been restricted to only the candidate and three others, into the returning officers chamber while filing their nomination papers.

“A notice was served on the two candidates,” said Khachi, “while the congress candidate did respond to the notice denying any election code violation, the LPJ candidate has not even responded to the notice.

“Expressing its displeasure, the commission has asked the returning officer to Kangra to take legal action against the two candidates,” he said.

Khachi said that preparations for holding a fair and peaceful election were complete and all poll parties had received their respective stations, which include airlifting seven poll parties by helicopter to Dodra Kawar area in Shimla district and one to Bara Bangal area of Kangra.

In all there are 7251 polling stations where Electronic Voting Machines have been deployed. About 400 polling stations have had to be reached on foot as no roadway connects these stations. The commission has also kept standby machines ready, should the need arise.

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