Election Commission Cracks Down on Karnataka Govt for MCC Violation

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Election Commission Cracks Down on Karnataka Govt for MCC Violation

HYDERABAD, India – The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a notice to the Congress-led Karnataka government for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by placing advertisements in several newspapers in Telangana, which is currently in the midst of an election campaign.

The ECI’s notice came after the BJP and the BRS brought to its attention that the Karnataka government had published advertisements in Hyderabad editions of several newspapers. The commission also examined its own records and found that neither had it granted such approval nor had it received any application from Karnataka for such approval.

In a strongly worded notice, the ECI stated that the Karnataka government’s act of publishing advertisements highlighting its welfare schemes and achievements in newspapers circulating in Telangana was a “gross violation” of its directions.

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The ECI has asked the Karnataka government to submit an explanation for the MCC violation by 5 pm on Tuesday. It has also directed the government to immediately stop publishing any such advertisements in Telangana. Additionally, the government has been asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against the Secretary-in-charge of the Department of Information and Public Relations for the said MCC violations.

The ECI’s action is a clear signal that it will not tolerate any MCC violations during the election season. The Karnataka government’s actions have been criticized by the opposition, which has accused the government of trying to influence the outcome of the elections in Telangana.

The ECI’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on the ongoing election campaign in Telangana. The government’s advertisements were seen as an attempt to boost its image among voters in the state. With the ECI’s intervention, the government’s campaign is likely to suffer a setback.

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