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02/04/2019 1:28 PM IST

Kalyan Singh Violated Poll Code In Calling For Modi's Win, Concludes EC

"We want Modiji to become the prime minister," Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh had reportedly told BJP workers.

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A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh.

NEW DELHI — Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister are violative of model code of conduct, the Election Commission has concluded.

Sources said since Singh holds a constitutional post, the Election Commission will write to President Ram Nath Kovind, flagging the issue.

The poll panel had examined the remarks made by the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister in the light of model code violation as holding a constitutional post makes him “apolitical”. 

Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on 23 March, Singh reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the Prime Minister again.”

The Governor made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who gathered outside his house over ticket distribution.

In the 1990s, the Election Commission had expressed displeasure to then Himachal Pradesh Governor Gulsher Ahmed for campaigning for his son. He later quit.