Hyderabad: Election Commission today
expressed strong displeasure over the "provocative" statements
made by TRS President K Chandrasekhara Rao during the campaign
for the July 27 by-elections to 12 Assembly seats in
"The EC was not satisfied with his explanation regarding
these statements and is of the view that he, as a responsible
political leader, should not have made such statements in
public, which can aggravate existing differences between
different sections of the society," Andhra Pradesh Chief
Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao told reporters here.
The EC has warned Chandrasekhara Rao to be more cautious
in future so that no provision of model code of conduct is
violated, he said.
The EC had issued a notice to the TRS chief following a
complaint by ruling Congress that he made "provocative"
statements during the poll campaign in Telangana.
Meanwhile, the EC today sought an explanation from Mohd
Shabbir Ali, the Congress candidate from Yellareddy Assembly
constituency, for allegedly violating the model code by
addressing a meeting at a Church.
Campaign in places of worship amounts to violation of
poll code and Ali, a former Minister, has been asked to reply
to the notice by July 25, he said.
The by-elections were necessitated as the sitting MLAs
had quit their posts in support of separate Telangana demand.