New Delhi: The Election Commission has expressed strong displeasure over Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda`s "repeated acts of violation" of the Model Code of Conduct during the Ellenabad Assembly bypoll held earlier this year.
In an order, the EC asked Hooda to be "careful and law abiding".
The EC pointed out that during electioneering Hooda had announced that his government would make available wheat and rice at Rs 3 a kg to the poor.
Rejecting Hooda`s contention that the announcement was part of party manifesto, the EC said, "There are hundreds of promises made in the manifesto but the moment a minister makes a statement during election period, he or she attracts the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct as it comes as a promise to the electorate".
"As such, the reply submitted by you has been found to be not satisfactory," the EC said.
Besides, it recalled that during 2009 Lok Sabha polls the Commission had found that Hooda had violated the Model Code by using the official vehicle for private purpose and the EC had conveyed its displeasure.