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EC asks govt not to publicise GST rate cuts till Gujarat polls are over

The commission has advised that advertisements on GST rate cuts can take place after the second phase is over on December 14

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Commission is learnt to have advised the not to publicise rate cuts on certain popular consumables in poll-bound as it could influence voters in the state where the first phase of elections is on December 9.

It, however, has allowed advertisement of simplified procedure without mentioning any products, functionaries in the poll panel said today.

"On the first draft, the EC has advised that any publicity which could influence voters should not be done. Of course, people have to be made aware of procedures so the commission has approved of that proposal," a functionary said.

The commission has advised that advertisements on rate cuts can take place after the second phase is over on December 14.

The Commission had earlier allowed the Centre to release the second instalment of funds under the MNREGA scheme for and with a rider that there will be "absolutely" no publicity in this regard.

Polls in were held on November 9.

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 22:40 IST
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