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CM out of model code fire

The state election department on Wednesday said no evidence of violation of model code of conduct was found against chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during an election meeting at Hajipur in Vaishali district on Tuesday.

Additional chief state electoral officer R. Laxmanan said: “I checked the matter with the district magistrate-cum-district returning officer of Hajipur Assembly constituency. The officials told me no such evidence was found after watching the video clips of the chief minister’s speech.”

While addressing an election meeting on Tuesday, the chief minister is alleged to have said he would offer help out of way to the voters of the constituencies where the candidates of the JDU and its alliance would win the by-election and he addressed the election meetings.

The statement of the chief minister courted a controversy as model code of conduct was already in place in the 10 Assembly constituencies where by-elections would be held. The polling would he held for Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar, Jale, Chhapra, Hajipur, Mohiuddinnagar, Parbatta, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania seats.

Laxmanan said three cases of violation of model code of conduct have so far been lodged. While the first case was related to defacement in private property, the second one dealt with misuse of vehicle and the third case was concerned with illegal meeting/speech, he said.

Ninety companies of central para-military force and the Bihar Military Police would be deployed to ensure free, fair and peaceful election.