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BJP to move poll panel against PM
April 02, 2006 22:20 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with breaching the Election Commission's model code of conduct.
The BJP said, by promising an economic package for the victims of ethnic violence in Assam's Karbi Anglong district, the PM had violated the code and said it will move the Election Commission against him on Monday.
"The prime minister of the country has violated the model code of conduct and code of governance. Such type of promises during electioneering are definitely breach of the election code of conduct," BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar told PTI.
He said that while the Assam unit of the party will be meeting the state Election Commission no Sunday night, the central leadership will meet the Chief Election Commissioner in Delhi on Monday.
Alleging that the prime minister announced the package with "defeat staring the Congress Party in its face", he said, "This smacks of political immorality. If he was genuinely concerned, the package should have been announced six months back."
The BJP spokesman said the party was "amused" that while the Election Commission took note of party general secretary Pramod Mahajan's press conference in Assam earlier in the day, "which is a non-issue, the poll panel has not taken cognisance of the prime minister's indiscretion".
Addressing the last leg of his campaign in Assam, at Donkamokam, in ethnic violence-hit Karbi Anglong district, the prime minister had assured that a special economic package will be given to the victims, including the next of the kin of those killed or injured besides those whose houses were burnt.