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EC rejects poll code violation plaints against holding of CWC

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Two separate complaints of poll code violation have been filed against holding of the Working Committee (CWC) meeting on the premises of the Patel memorial here in Gujarat, which have been rejected, said Wednesday.

Top brass, including Rahul Gandhi, his Priyanaka Gandhi Vadra, and former Manmohan Singh, attended the one-day conclave which was held on the premises of the memorial in Sahibaug area Tuesday.

"We received two complaints from and against organisation of the CWC meeting on the premises of the Patel memorial, saying it was violation of the model code of conduct," said S Murlikrishnan.

The top said the complaints were rejected on the basis of a report filed by the District Development Officer (DDO).

Though the didn't speak about the background of the complainants, sources in claimed the duo are close to the ruling BJP.

The model code of conduct came into force from March 10, when the announced the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections that will be held between March 11 and May 19.

Meanwhile, informing about the crackdown on illicit booze, the said liquor worth over Rs 1 crore has been seized since the announcement of elections.

A total of 3074 people have been detained under various sections of the CrPc as a precautionary measures.

Murlikrishnan further said more than 60,000 hoardings and banners have been removed in the state since Sunday.

The CEO said of voting process will be conducted in more than 5000 booths, which will be identified at later stage.

On poll preparedness, the CEO said 564 flying squads have been formed. "Moreover, 368 video surveillance teams and 26 accounting teams have started their work. A total of 207 video viewing teams have been formed to monitor the social media content," he added.

Murlikrishnan said more than 10,000 licensed gun-holders, out of total 56,890, have deposited their firearms with police since the model code kicked in.

As per norms, private licensed gun-holders have to submit their weapons once elections are announced.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:09 IST