Dimapur, April 3 (EMN): The office of the Commissioner and Returning Officer of Nagaland, M Patton, lAS on Wednesday served a show cause notice to Congress candidate for 1 – Nagaland parliamentary constituency, KL Chishi for allegedly violating the model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The show cause notice stated that Chishi’s appeal letter, which is written using a letterhead of former CM of Nagaland and being widely circulated in the social media, is embossed with the official emblem of India, “which is in contravention to Rule 10 (I) of State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, 2007.”
“And, whereas, in the same appeal letter, you have stated that you are a Christian, and, as per the General Conduct under Model Code of Conduct ‘No Party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic,’” read the notice.
The show cause notice stated that the candidate was earlier informed of the provision relating to ‘corrupt practices’ and electoral offences in the Representation of the People Act 1951 and the offences relating to election on two occasions. It added the Supreme Court had in a judgement in 2017 taken cognisance that seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or community amounts to ‘corrupt practices.’
“Now, therefore, since you have violated the Model Code of Conduct, Show Cause Notice is hereby issued as to why action should not be initiated against you as per the appropriate provisions of the law.
“Reply to this Show Cause Notice to be made within 48 (forty eight) hours from the date of issue of this notice (April 3). And ensure that the said appeal letter he discontinued/deleted from all social media platforms with immediate effect,” read the notice.
It may be mentioned that the model code of conduct came into effect on March 10.