The Chief Electoral Office has sought a report from the returning officer on a complaint lodged against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct.
Confirming that the office received a complaint from Goa Forward, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kunal said a report from the returning officer will be examined before submitting the findings to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for appropriate action.
“We have received an email complaint from Durgadas Kamat (spokesperson of the party) alleging violation of the code. We have directed the returning officer to inquire into the matter. The video footage will be examined and transcribed in English (since the language spoken by Parrikar at the rally is Konkani),” Kunal said on Monday.
Parrikar being a star campaigner, the report will be examined and subsequently sent to the Election Commission of India for action, if any.
According to a report on a website, Parrikar was allegedly seen telling residents of Chimbel slum area that it was okay to accept Rs 500 from candidates to attend rallies, but they should cast their votes for BJP only. “...I understand if someone organises a rally and you take Rs 500 for moving around with (the candidate), that is not a problem. But when you vote, choose the lotus (BJP’s poll symbol). This you must remember,” Parrikar was quoted as having said at the meeting at Chimbel.