Dehra Dun: The Election Commission has
rejected a complaint filed by Congress that Uttarakhand Chief
Minister BC Khanduri had violated the Model Code of Conduct
by publishing advertisements, saying all expenditure incurred
in this regard will not be counted from his account.
In the complaint state Congress spokesman Surendra Kumar
had alleged that Khanduri has published advertisements worth
lakhs of rupees in national and local dailies which carried
his photograph and a slogan "Khanduri hai zaroori" despite the
fact that he himself is contesting the Assembly election from
Kotdwar as a BJP candidate.
In this regard, Kumar had pointed out that the EC has
fixed a limit of Rs 11 lakh on expenses by a candidate and
claimed that Khanduri has already spent nearly Rs one crore on
Congress had said if the expenditure on election rallies
being held by star campaigners of Congress is being included
in the expenses made by its party candidates, then the EC
should take action in this matter also.
"Since Khanduri is a star campaigner of the BJP, the EC
has clarified that all the money spent on advertisements of
the ruling party will not be included in his individual
expenses, Deputy Electoral Officer Saujanya said, adding these
would be accounted to the party.