Violation of model code: EC seeks report on two WB ministers

The Election Commission sought report from the West Bengal government about alleged violation of model code of conduct by two ministers after the announcement of the poll schedule yesterday.

Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

Kolkata: The Election Commission on Wednesday sought report from the West Bengal government about alleged
violation of model code of conduct by two ministers after the
announcement of the poll schedule yesterday.

Without naming state Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta,
who is reported to have signed hundreds of files on Tuesday
alone, Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said, "I have
received complaints from a political party and an employees
union about signing of files by a minister.
"I have asked for a report from the secretary
concerned and if there is any violation of model code of
conduct then strong action will be initiated" Gupta said.
Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters in Writers`
Building that he has not received any query from the CEO yet.

"If the CEO wants, we have to submit factual report to
him," Ghosh said.

Asked whether the finance minister had signed 100 to
200 files, Ghosh said, "We have to enquire into it and if
there is a specific complaint we will go into it.

"I have received a complaint from the leader of the
Opposition Partha Chatterjee regarding this."
In another developments, some reports alleged about
State Environment Minister Sailen Sarkar distributing cycle
in his constituency as part of campaign.

When asked about the incident, Gupta said, "We have
sought report from the district administration and after the
report comes in we will look into the matter."

PTI