EC notice to SAD for violating MCC

The Election Commission has slapped a notice on Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab for organising a political rally at Anandpur Sahib on the occasion of `Hola Mohalla` in violation of its orders.

PTI| Updated: Apr 02, 2014, 21:03 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Election Commission has slapped a notice on Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab for organising a political rally at Anandpur Sahib on the occasion of `Hola Mohalla` in violation of its orders.

"The ECI had sent a notice to SAD secretary Daljeet Singh Cheema seeking reply why it had organised a political rally at Anandpur Sahib when permission to hold the same was denied by the poll body," Punjab`s Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Supreet Singh Gulati said today.

The main opposition in Punjab, Congress had complained to the EC that the ruling SAD had organised a political rally at Anandpur Sahib on the occasion of annual `Hola Mohalla` fair in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Congress had alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had addressed the gathering on the occasion and termed the EC`s directive to not to hold the conference with the period of emergency.

The Election Commission issued the notice after going through the video footage of Badal`s March 16 `Hola Mohalla` speech and his address to media.
The poll body had on March 15 banned political meetings and conferences during `Hola Mohalla` celebrations when SAD had made elaborate arrangements for the rally.

Meanwhile, EC ordered cancellation of all political rallies during Baisakhi celebrations at Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda on April 13.