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'Is Poll Code Separate for PM and CM?': Chandrababu Naidu's Scathing Question to EC

Naidu said the while EC had asked him "not to talk" about the heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, Modi had extended support to Sri Lanka after the serial bomb blasts in the island nation.

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Updated:April 23, 2019, 8:43 PM IST
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'Is Poll Code Separate for PM and CM?': Chandrababu Naidu's Scathing Question to EC
File photo of Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.

Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday hit out at the Election Commission, with the latter asking if the model code of conduct was separate for the prime minister on one hand and chief ministers on the other.

Addressing a joint press meet here, Naidu, on queried about Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a roadshow ahead of casting his vote in Gujarat, said, "Is it for the first time (that the prime minister has violated the model code of conduct)? Everyday there is a violation (on Modi's part)."

The PM is a registered voter in Gujarat, where all the 26 Lok Sabha seats went to the polls in a single phase on Tuesday.

Citing an example, Naidu said the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh were over (on April 11) and the top officials in his government were transferred, but the Intelligence Bureau continues to report to the PM "every day".

Naidu said the EC had asked him "not to talk" (owing to the model code of conduct that is in force), but Modi extended support to Sri Lanka after the serial bomb blasts in the island nation.

"Is there a separate code of conduct for the prime minister and the chief minister? Recently, we had heavy rains (in Andhra Pradesh), nine people died."

"(But) I cannot talk, I cannot direct (officials). What type of Election Commission (is this)?" Naidu asked.

Pawar, who also attended the presser, said he was not allowed to stay in his hometown Baramati in Pune district after campaigning for the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls ended on April 21.

Pawar's daughter and sitting NCP MP Supriya Sule is in the fray from Baramati (where voting was held Tuesday), while he is listed as a voter in Mumbai.

As per EC rules, political functionaries/party workers - who have been brought from outside the constituency or are not listed as voters there - have to leave the constituency concerned after the campaign period is over.

"The BJP complained to the EC saying `I should not stay back in Baramati after the campaigning was over'. I had no programme after my rally (on the last of campaigning).

"They are not allowing me to stay in my house. On the other side, Mr Modi himself is organising road shows when election is on," Pawar said.

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