KANPUR (India) – Kanpur administration today filed a case against Rahul Gandhi for alleged moral code of conduct violation by stretching beyond the allocated time and area during his road show in Kanpur.
FIR has been filed against Rahul Gandhi for alleged moral code of conduct violation in Kanpur, said Kanpur's District Magistrate. Earlier, Kanpur's district administration claimed that it had violated the election code by stretching beyond the allocated time and area.
"The district administration had allocated time till noon and fixed a 20-km route for Rahul Gandhi's road show. This was done as today is Shivratri and there could be a traffic problem," District Magistrate Hari Om said.
"But this roadshow completely violated the election code of conduct as it started at 10.30am continued till 3pm. It did not stick to the prescribed route and instead covered a stretch of 38 kms. Therefore, the organisers of the road show will be booked for violating the election code," the DM said. Rahul's roadshow was also shown black flags by youths belonging to some Muslim groups in Baghai area of the Cantonment. They were shouting slogans of 'Rahul, Go back'.
However, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who was part of the roadshow, denied there was any violation of the model code of conduct and accused the district administration of trying to stop Rahul's mass contact programme at the behest of the Mayawati Government.
"The party has apprised the Election Commission about the action of the district administration," she said. The DM claimed that the roadshow organisers had sought permission for a 38-km stretch but they had been informed last night about the conditions. "Still they violated the rules and chose to follow the route for which permission had not been granted," he said, adding, "There could have been a security breach or there could have been a clash". – Agencies