‘Now not in violation of any laws’: Karnataka executive says on EC letter | Bengaluru newsfragment.com

Karnataka Deputy Important Minister D Ok Shivakumar on Tuesday mentioned that the shape executive’s commercials about its paintings in newspapers in poll-bound Telangana don’t violate any laws, as they didn’t ask for votes. He mentioned the federal government would reply to the Election Fee’s letter in this. The BJP on Monday had lodged a grievance with the EC within the subject, alleging that the Congress violated the Illustration of the Nation Function and the Style Code of Behavior with its executive in Karnataka publishing commercials in Telangana media with an visible at the November 30 meeting polls there.

DK Shivakumar. (PTI)

The Election Fee at the identical age requested the Congress executive in Karnataka to block publishing commercials about its paintings in newspapers Telangana, and sought a proof from it for now not in quest of prior commendation as mandated below the Style Code of Behavior (MCC).

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Talking to newshounds right here, Shivakumar mentioned that the commercials have been simplest aimed toward projecting the paintings completed by means of the Karnataka executive amid claims by means of opposition events that it didn’t enforce any of its ‘word schemes’. “We have not committed any violation; the Karnataka government has not asked anyone for votes… What violation have we committed?,” he requested according to a query concerning the EC’s instructions. “Whatever work we have done, we have just presented them to various states — to newspaper readers whether in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, or Telangana… There is no problem,” he insisted.

The advertisements have been a counter to the opposition’s claims concerning the Karnataka executive, and didn’t canvass for votes, he reiterated. “They (opposition parties) were trying to propagate that we have not implemented (guarantee schemes) — we have just said it (about implementation of guarantees in the ads), we have not asked for any votes. “If we now have requested any votes, after (it’s) ok (to query), however we now have now not requested for votes from someone; we now have now not mentioned vote for Congress or X or Y.” He sought to compare the ads with those given by other governments in newspapers.

“There might be such a lot of magazines or publications masking numerous problems. They (alternative governments) additionally will give a dozen of alternative commercials. We’re projecting ourselves (Karnataka executive), we aren’t projecting the Congress birthday party — we will be able to unquestionably answer (to EC),” he mentioned. Telangana’s ruling Republic of India Rashtra Samithi (BRS) too had approached the ballot panel at the factor. In a letter to the Karnataka Important Secretary, the panel mentioned the shape executive didn’t download prior commendation from it for publishing the commercials, and that its motion used to be violative of the ballot code directions issued to the central and shape governments years in the past.

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It additionally steered the Govt of Karnataka to block publishing this sort of commercials in Telangana, with instant impact, till it obtains the vital approvals. The EC has sought a proof by means of 5 pm on Tuesday at the instances that ended in the violation of the MCC.

In its letter, the fee additionally requested why disciplinary motion will have to now not be taken towards the secretary-in-charge of the Section of Data and Population Members of the family for violations of process, as discussed below MCC directions. Within the hour, the panel had noticed that positive commercials highlighting welfare schemes and achievements of the central and shape governments have been being printed by means of some non-poll going states in newspapers in poll-bound states.

It had thought to be this to be a contravention of the spirit of the Style Code of Behavior. In 2013, it had directed that, in week, all such commercials issued by means of non-poll going states right through the duration by which the MCC is in pressure could be forwarded to the panel for clearance earlier than they’re despatched for e-newsletter in newspapers having editions or circulate in poll-bound states. The Telangana meeting polls might be hung on November 30. Votes might be counted and effects declared on December 3.

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