In what seems to be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Sunday apealed people to vote for "peace, progress and stability" which, he said, only Congress party can deliver. In a now deleted tweet, the Punjab chief minister wrote, "It's time to choose between BJP and Congress to preserve the secular fabric of India that is threatened by divisive forces of hatred. Let's vote for peace, progress and stability that only INC (Indian National Congress) can deliver."
Upon releastion that his tweet could very well be against the Election Commission's guidlines of poll conduct, the Congress leader deleted the it. Below is the screen shot of now deleted tweet, that was shared 131 times before it was removed.
The violation of Model Code of Conduct by politicians has been a raging issue thourghout the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Both, the BJP and the Congress have alleged each other of violating the poll code.
This was not the first time the Punjab cheif minister was accused of violating the Model Code of Conduct. Earlier this month, the BJPhad approached the Election Commission (EC), alleging that Singh had violated Model Code Conduct (MCC) during a public rally in Gurdaspur.
Singh, while campaigning for the Congress party's Gurdaspur candidate Sunil Kumar Jakhar in Sarna, had announced to enhance the capacity of Gurdaspur sugar mill to 10,000 tones. He also announced to establish an Ethanol Plant for production of electricity and CNG, followed by another announcements of preponing the date of sowing paddy and issuing dogri certificates.
According to the BJP's complaint, the act of the Punjab chief minister was a direct violation of Part VII of Model Code of Conduct. As per the Election Commission guidelines, "From the time elections are announced by Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof; or (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind; or make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc."