THE union agriculture minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has prima facie violated the Model Code of Conduct. EC asked Pawar to explain by 5pm on Wednesday, failing which it will take a decision without further reference to him.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Maharashtra unit has filed complaints on Monday with the Election Commission (EC) demanding de-recognition of Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and disqualification of Gopinath Munde, the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Pawar is an accused of allegedly suggesting his party workers to take advantage of the multi-phase polling in the state. He asked workers to vote twice, first at their hometowns and then at places of work.
Pawar, a very strong personality in Indian politics on March 23 was addressing to ‘mathadi’ workers in APMC Market, Navi Mumbai. In presence of his party leadership including Ajit Pawar. Pawar allegedly told workers to vote for the clock (NCP symbol) there (in Satara on April 17) and come back to vote for the clock here (on April 24) as well. He warned voters to take necessary precautions. To wipe off the ‘ink’ marks before voting again. .
Someone recorded statement of Pawar and loaded video clip on social media-YouTube. The statement has been widely reported in the media. However, clarifying his side on Sunday Pawar had said that his expressions on ink of voting erasement was purely a humour and was not at all suggestive of any act in breach of electoral laws and rule.