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Amarinder faces EC ire

New Delhi, Nov. 26: After Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, it is now the turn of his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh to face the music from the Election Commission.

The commission today issued a showcause to Amarinder for allegedly using a state aircraft to campaign in Madhya Pradesh, sources said. The chief minister has been given a week to reply to the notice, which was also served on the Congress.

The election panel had received a complaint that Amarinder used government aircraft during his three-day election campaign, beginning November 15, in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi confirmed that the Congress today received a notice “regarding issues arising from Punjab”.

“We have been given seven days’ time to reply. We have initiated the process of collecting relevant data and information from Punjab on the subject,” he said. “We shall be responding to the commission well within the seven-day limit.”

The poll panel is also considering a reply from the Congress on a showcause issued to party president Sonia Gandhi and Jogi on November 18 for using state aircraft.

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