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EC notice to Alagiri for `violating` model code

The Election Commission issued a show cause notice to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers MK Alagiri for allegedly violating model code of conduct ahead of the April 13 assesmbly polls in Tamil Nadu.



New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Union Minister for Chemicals and
Fertilisers M K Alagiri for allegedly violating model code of
conduct ahead of the April 13 assesmbly polls in Tamil Nadu.

In its notice, the EC said Alagiri had made an official
visit to Chennai but indulged in political activities in his
home district Madurai.
It pointed out that the Minister left for Chennai on
March two on an official visit to review the functioning of
the CIEPT (Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and
Technology) and also visited Madurai on March four.

"By combining your visit to Chennai, which is said to be
official, with your visit to Madurai and indulging in
political activities there, you have violated the provisions
of model code of conduct," the EC said.
"The Election Commission hereby gives a notice to you to
show cause why action should not be taken against you for the
above violations of the model code of conduct," it said.

Seeking his reply by March 7, the EC said failure to
respond to the notice would be assumed that he had nothing to
say in the matter and action would be initiated against him
without any further notice.

The EC said that in the letter of Secretary of the
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers to Tamil Nadu Chief
Secretary "it is nowhere certified that your visit to Chennai
was purely official business which could not be avoided in
public interest".

Pointing out that as per its instructions, the Secretary
should have given prior intimation to the Chief Secretary of
his visit, it said while the minister had left for Chennai on
March 2, the Secretary wrote to the state government on March
3.

PTI

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