Muzaffarnagar/Lucknow: With the model code of conduct coming into force for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, on January 8, the state’s Food Safety Commissioner ordered that free food items with photographs of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister should not be distributed at fair price shops.
After the Election Commission announced the schedule for the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa assembly elections on January 8, Food Safety Commissioner Saurabh Babu issued orders in this regard to all the district magistrates of the state.
The order said, “All district magistrates are directed by the Food Safety Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh that fair price shops with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and written ‘Soch honest, work strong’ are free of cost. Food packets should not be distributed.
Polling for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly, considered politically important, will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. The model code of conduct has come into force in all the states having elections.
Apart from this, from the evening of January 8 in Uttar Pradesh, hoarding-banners, posters have been removed as well as the slogans written on the walls have started erasing.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said on Sunday, “The model code of conduct has come into force in the state and it will be implemented in letter and spirit.”
He said, ‘All the District Magistrates/District Election Officers have been given the responsibility and they will send their regular reports. With the implementation of the model code of conduct, on the instructions of the district magistrates in all the districts of the state, the bodies and other administrative units started removing the banners, posters, hoardings as well as removing the slogans written on the walls.
It is noteworthy that there are 403 assembly constituencies in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Police, administration and civic officials in the state have taken the lead to ensure the code of conduct is followed and for this, observers will also be appointed in all the assembly constituencies.
The Election Commission has also banned election rallies, road shows, pad yatras and cycle rallies till January 15.
Lucknow District Magistrate / District Election Officer Abhishek Prakash said that all the officers and employees appointed to ensure 100% compliance of the Model Code of Conduct are ordered to strictly follow the orders issued by the Election Commission of India, New Delhi. Ensure compliance with
Prakash warned that any laxity would be taken seriously and strict action would be taken against the concerned.
On receiving the instructions of the District Magistrate, the Municipal Commissioner of Lucknow set up a team to take down the banners, posters, hoardings etc. This team was seen removing banner-posters on Sunday.
According to the news received from Basti, the administration started the work of removing the hoardings and banner poster wall paintings from place to place.
Basti District Magistrate Soumya Aggarwal said that there are banner posters of political parties on public property, the work of removing them has been started at a fast pace.
On the instructions of Etawah District Magistrate and District Election Officer Shruti Singh, work is being done to remove publicity material like hoardings, posters, paintings etc. from the areas in the district. Similar reports have also been received from other districts of the state.
According to the Times of India, as soon as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force, teams from the Lucknow District Administration and Lucknow Municipal Corporation removed 25,000 banners and posters of various political parties in the city.
Teams of administration and police circled more than 200 crossings in the city and all the protesting people were evacuated as no memorandum can be submitted to the state now.
According to the report, from now on no political party will be able to hold a meeting in the guest house without the permission of the administration and no one will use loudspeaker without permission.
Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said that no religious place shall be used for propaganda, there shall be no poster or banner in any religious place, no political party shall send any voter to any voter through money or any other source. Will not be tempted to vote in his favour.
Apart from this, no government employee will take part in any political activity, he said. This will be considered a violation of the model code of conduct and legal action will be taken against that person.
Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Piyush Mordia said that all the five Deputy Commissioners of Police have been made aware of the rules and procedures of the Model Code of Conduct in the zones.
“Those who violate the model code of conduct will be booked under relevant laws and each zonal DCP will have jurisdiction,” he said. All police zone chiefs have also been instructed to form teams to take action against those who violate the model code of conduct.
(with input from news agency language)
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