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Poll code violation: TN orders enquiry on Rahul's interaction

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

government has ordered an enquiry on how a college here gave its nod for to interact with its students when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

The top leader, in his interaction with students of the here on March 13, promised 33 per cent reservation in government jobs for women and answered several of their questions.

The of Collegiate Education, R Sarumathi directed a to enquire "immediately" on the matter and submit a report, official sources told

In a communique (dated March 14) to the Regional Joint Director, Chennai Zone, the pointed out that in view of the Lok Sabha elections the MCC was in force and under such circumstances sought to know "how permission was granted" by the college for the event.

Sources said Stella Maris is one of the 10 government aided colleges in Chennai. Such institutions are not only bound by State norms, but are also expected to follow the MCC.

According to the MCC,displayed in the website, "use of educational institutions, including their grounds (whether government aided, private or government) for political campaigns and rallies is not allowed."

When contacted, the college authorities declined to say if any enquiry was made by the collegiate department officials.

The also did not comment.

In his interaction with the students, Rahul had brought up the issue of the Rafale deal and reiterated his allegations about the pricing of the aircraft and the process.

To a question on his Robert Vadra, he had said that the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively.

"I will be the first person to say it... investigate Robert Vadra, but also investigate Narendra Modi," he said.

Vadra is being probed in connection with a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan's district.

Gandhi also questioned whether the could stand in a large audience and answer people's questions.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 18:30 IST