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No model code violation by Niti Aayog in sharing district level data with PMO: EC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has found no violation of the poll code in sharing data with the prime minister's office on places where PM was set to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

Senior said the commission has disposed off the complaint as the is exempted from the provision that bars ministers from combining official visits with campaigning.

The exemption to the was given in October, 2014. "It was not a one time exemption but a standing instruction," Saxena told reporters here.

Sources later said, the had not shared any political data but district-level data with

The EC had written to on May 4 flagging the allegations made by the and the

Asking Kant to furnish the reply "immediately", the EC had referred to the allegations that the Niti Aayog has asked officers in various states and Union territories to provide to the PMO write ups about destinations of the prime minister's campaign.

The EC also responded to a question on the Congress's fresh complaint against information allegedly sought by an of the from the on Start Up India, claiming that it was meant to be used for BJP's manifesto.

Saxena said the ministry has been asked to respond.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 21:26 IST
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