The Janata Dal (Secular) on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government has misused the State administrative machinery and violated the model code of conduct by issuing advertisements on various schemes in the run-up to the elections to the Legislative Assembly on May 5.

The government has been issuing advertisements on Sakala in the electronic and print media to woo voters. In a petition submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here, the JD(S) asked the Election Commission (EC) to issue a notice to Minister for Law and Parliamentary Minister S. Suresh Kumar and take suitable action for violation of code of conduct.

It also sought action against State BJP president Pralhad Joshi for making defamatory statements against the judiciary, the UPA government and the Prime Minister. The JD(S) alleged that the BJP has violated the poll code by wooing voters in the name of religion. On March 22, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Ananth Kumar MP, Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas and Mr. Joshi visited the Chamundeshwari temple in Mysore and later launched the party’s poll campaign.

It demanded the EC to take action against Mr. Shettar, Mr. Joshi, Mr. Ananth Kumar and Mr. Ramdas for using religion to garners votes. “No political party should appeal to voters by using a temple, shrine or church,” the petition said.