Mumbai: NCP leader Sharad Pawar had “prima facie” violated the Model Code of Conduct by his ‘double voting’ remark, the Election Commission said on Monday and asked him to explain his stand by Thursday evening.
Pawar had asked Mathadi workers on Sunday at a private function to vote twice in the multi-phase polling in Maharashtra, after erasing the indelible ink. AAP has dubbed it as Pawar’s call for ‘bogus voting.’ Kirit Somiaya of the BJP, in turn, has filed a complaint with both the Chief Election Commissioner and the Directorate General of police.
This despite Pawar clarifying on Sunday that he had spoken in zest. On Monday, the NCP further clarified that Pawar had made the remarks at a private, not a political event. Also, Pawar is not a candidate and he wasn’t speaking at a political rally. Not satisfied with the explanation, the CEO of the state election commission, Nitin Gadre, has asked for a video recording of Pawar’s speech. /FPJ Political Bureau