Lok Sabha Election 2019

‘Election Dept. has different yardsticks for Congress, AINRC’

From left, PCC president A. Namassivayam, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Congress candidate V. Vaithilingam, releasing the Congress election manifesto in Puducherry on Thursday.

From left, PCC president A. Namassivayam, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Congress candidate V. Vaithilingam, releasing the Congress election manifesto in Puducherry on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

Narayanasamy says CEO refused to grant permission for distributing free rice

The Election Department has different yardsticks for granting permission to All India N. R. Congress and Congress governments for implementing ongoing schemes during election time, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has said.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Chief Electoral Officer had denied permission for his government to distribute free rice to ration cardholders citing the Model Code of Conduct.

The review committee headed by the Chief Secretary had found no fault in distributing the free rice as it was an ongoing scheme. However, the CEO office had refused to grant permission for providing rice to the beneficiaries, he said.

The Chief Minister said the “same officials in the CEO” had given permission to AINRC government to distribute free rice after elections to the Legislative Assembly was convened in 2016.

“The Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister K. Lakshminarayanan on Thursday met officials from Election Commission of India in Chennai to brief them about the situation. We are hopeful of providing the rice to the beneficiaries,” he said.

Statehood in manifesto

For the first time, the Congress high command had included the demand for granting Statehood to the Union Territoryin the manifesto.

The Congress manifesto which was released by party president Rahul Gandhi on April 2 had promised to accord Statehood to the Union Territory.

The Chief Minister said under section “Federalism and Centre-State Relations,” as eleventh item, the manifesto had included UT’s demand.

“Congress promises full Statehood to Puducherry,” he said quoting the manifesto.

He also questioned the silence of AINRC chief and former Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on the Statehood demand.

The AINRC had supported the Narendra Modi led-NDA government for the last five years but had not done anything to obtain Statehood for the Union Territory, the Chief Minister also said.

The AINRC chief should clarify his stand on this issue, he added.

Congress candidate V. Vaithilingam and chief of Pradesh Congress committee A Namassivayam also released the Congress party’s manifesto for the country to the media.

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