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No code violation in appointment of two Dy CMs in Goa: CEO

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The election authorities in Thursday ruled that Pramod did not violate the model code of conduct by appointing two deputy chief ministers in the state.

The had earlier filed a complaint alleging that had violated the code of conduct by appointing ministers.

Talking to reporters, Chief Electoral (CEO) Kunal said the appointment, which was done by the order of Mridula Sinha, was legitimate as it was within her Constitutional powers.

"The order was an exercise of constitutional powers by the The is well within her constitutional powers. We have given a report to the (EC) that no further action needs to be taken in the matter and they have accepted our report," he said.

"The government formation process is out of the purview of the model code of conduct and it is guided by the Constitution of The code is with regards to any new appointments within the government departments," Kunal said.

The code of conduct came into force from March 10 evening after the announced the Lok Sabha election schedule.

In Goa, elections are scheduledto be held on April 23.

After the death of Manohar Parrikar, Dr Pramod was sworn in as the new on March 19.

On March 20, the governor had issued an order appointing (MGP) MLA Sudin Dhavalikar and (GFP) MLA Vijai Sardesai as the ministers.

However, within a week, Dhavalikar was dropped from the cabinet and replaced by Manohar Ajgaonkar as the deputy

The state Congress, in its submission to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, said the government should not have announced any decision, which could influence the voters after the code of conduct came into force.

The should "immediately set aside" the order appointing ministers and take action against the concerned and the for violation of the Code of Conduct, said in the petition.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:45 IST