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Jammu & Kashmir:

Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Srinagar seat has been given show-cause notice by election authorities in the state, for violating the election code of conduct by interacting with first-time voters at a hotel. The reasons on the point were for not seeking prior permission before the meeting, and that this particular conduct leads to the concealment of expenditures by the candidate in question.

Sheikh Khalid Jehangir, the candidate, had posted pictures on social media, of BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav interacting with the first-time voters in Srinagar.
“Shri @rammadhavbjp ji interacts with first-time voters in Srinagar. He told the first time voters that those who cast their votes in Kashmir so far were only being remembered during votes and are being forgotten after the elections are over,” Mr Jehangir had tweeted.

Mr.Jehangir was issued a notice on Friday by the nodal officer of the model code of conduct (MCC), who also happens to be the additional deputy commissioner of Srinagar. The notice said that “You (Sheikh Khalid Jehangir) have reportedly held an interactive session with the first-time voters at Grand Palace, Srinagar, on April 12 without seeking prior permission from the District Election Officer, Srinagar, which clearly envisages that the expenses incurred thereof were also concealed.”

The reasons was clarified as “As your action is in violation of the model code of conduct and the guidelines issued by the Election Commission on two accounts – one, you have not sought prior permission, and second, your conduct leads to the concealment of expenditures thereof – you are accordingly directed to explain your conduct within 24 hours failing which it would be brought to the notice of the Election Commission for appropriate action”. The notice granted Mr Jehangir 24 hours to explain his conduct.

The election in Jammu and Kashmir is to be held in five phases. It started on April 11 and will continue on the dates April 18, 23, 29 and May 6.

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