Karnataka

Code of conduct: KPCC president moves HC

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Tuesday moved the High Court of Karnataka questioning the postponement of commencement of model code of conduct by the Election Commission of India (EC) in connection with the bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies.

It was contended in the petition that EC on September 21 declared that bypolls would be held on October 21 and the model code of conduct would come into force immediately. However, on September 27, the EC postponed the polls to December 5 and later suspended the code of conduct enforced with effect from September 21 by clarifying that code of conduct would be effective from November 11.

Pointing out that EC had not responded to his plea dated September 30 against suspension of code of conduct, it was pointed out in the plea that the BJP government had on October 9 appointed eight persons from the BJP to boards and corporations.

Contending that the EC has the power to postpone polls and not the code of conduct, it was claimed that its decision was contrary to the verdicts of the apex court. The plea is yet to come up for hearing.

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