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Tawarchand Gehlot supports ECI ban on political leaders

Our Bureau Mangaluru | Updated on April 16, 2019

The decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to restrain certain political leaders from campaigning for violating the model code of conduct is a welcome step, according to Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Tawarchand Gehlot.

Gehlot, who was in Mangaluru on Tuesday, told presspersons that everyone has to follow the model code of conduct (MCC). Terming the ECI’s decision to ban certain leaders from campaigning for certain periods as an appropriate one, he said some times ECI takes action after getting the complaints. ECI should also initiate suo motu action if it comes across such violations.

On Monday, ECI barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bahujan Samajwadi Party leader Mayawati, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi from holding any campaign for varying periods of time in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections for the violation of MCC.

On the Supreme Court’s decision to consider the petition filed by the BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeking contempt action against Rahul Gandhi, he said, “Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the court before it initiates action against him, and to the people of the nation too”.

“Narendra Modi will form the next government with two-thirds of majority. He will work on fulfilling the aspirations of Indians.” he said.

Stating that the people of Karnataka are not happy with the Congress-JD(S) coalition in the State, he said BJP will win 25 seats in Karnataka. The State has 28 Lok Sabha seats.

Published on April 16, 2019

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