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EC seeks Chidambaram’s reply on poll sops issue

EC seeks Chidambaram’s reply on poll sops issue
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First Published: Sun, Apr 05 2009. 11 00 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Apr 05 2009. 11 00 PM IST
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India, or EC, on Sunday issued a notice to home minister P. Chidambaram and sought his reply by Monday evening for allegedly offering poll sops during a visit to Rajasthan for a security review meeting.
The notice is in view of the complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has alleged that Chidambaram took up poll issues during his visit to the state in the last week of March. According to the complaint, the minister spoke about granting citizenship to displaced Hindus from Pakistan and more facilities for passengers on the Thar Express, the cross-country train service between India and Pakistan. EC has asked Chidambaram to reply by 5pm on Monday.
It has also conveyed its “strong disapproval” to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his remarks against poll officials in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh and has advised him “to be more cautious and restrained in future”.
EC also issued a notice to BJP leader Jaswant Singh, seeking his response to the Rajasthan Congress unit’s complaint accusing him of distributing money during a poll rally in the state.
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First Published: Sun, Apr 05 2009. 11 00 PM IST