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Election code for M’pur assembly session
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 4:
Published on 5 Mar. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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A senior legislature in the opposition bench of the Manipur Assembly on Wednesday drew attention of the Chief of Election Commission of India to bring to the notice of the state Governor on his address to be given in the house of the state Assembly beginning from March 17 as the model code of conduct of the election has already in forced in the state. With the announcement of schedule of Parliamentary elections on Monday, the model code of conduct is already in force as per the Election Commission’s statement issued on the day of announcement of the poll dates. Before the announcement of the poll schedules, Manipur Governor had summoned the budget session of the state Assembly from March 17. The number of seating and other business of the session is to be chalked out by Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Assembly on March 7. The Governor of Manipur would address the house on the first day which would contain promises, assurances and commitment of the government. However, MLA O Joy stated that since the Governor’s address usually focuses on the promises, assurances and commitments, “it likely influences the voters in favour of the candidate of the ruling party which is also amount to violation of the code of conduct,” Joy stated in the intimation received by the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. Political analysis in the state, said that as the model code of conduct of the election is already in force, highlighting of policies and programmes of the government would amount to violation of the elections model code of conduct. On the other hand, the state government also plans to table government bills during the session. Among others, the bill includes Govindaji Temple Board amendment Bill, 2009. Apart from this, ministers’ replies to the questions asked from the members have to be restricted. The state government would not present full budget during the session as planned earlier. Instead an interim budget seeking votes on account for four months would be tabled, an official of the state government said.

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