Janata Dal (United) MLA Sunil Pandey was on Wednesday arrested for violating the model code of conduct in the Nargada panchayat in Bhojpur district. He was later released on bail, the police said.

Mr. Pandey was found moving in a vehicle with Nagarda panchayat mukhiya candidate Brijesh Bahadur, apparently to canvass support for the latter ahead of Thursday's panchayat polls. The MLA was released on bail after furnishing a personal bond, Superintendent of Police M.R. Nayak said.

Besides Mr. Pandey, 20 people were arrested on similar charge and later released on bail, he added.