Dehra Dun: Congress on Friday complained to the
Election Commission that Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C
Khanduri had violated the Model Code of Conduct by publishing
advertisements running into lakhs of rupees.
State Congress spokesman Surendra Kumar said in his
complaint that Khanduri has published advertisements in
national and local dailies at a cost of lakhs of rupees.
The advertisements carried the chief minister`s photograph
and a slogan "Khanduri hai zaroori" despite the fact that he
himself is contesting the Assembly election from Kotdwar as a
BJP candidate, he said.
Kumar pointed out that the EC has fixed a limit on the
expenditure by a candidate at Rs 11 lakh but Khanduri has
already spent nearly Rs one crore on such advertisements.
Meanwhile, the EC has set up a public grievance cell at
Uttarakhand Secretariat here to receive election-related
complaints ahead of the January 30 polls.
Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi said in
order to redress different complaints being received during
the election process, the cell has been constituted.
Till date, she said 75 complaints have been received by
the cell out of which 64 have already been redressed while
others have been forwarded to the officers concerned. The
maximum number of 28 complaints has been received from
Haridwar district alone, she added.