Cong leader pulled up for appeal letter in which he said that he’s a Christian; this is against model code of conduct, says returning officer M Patton
Kohima: The Nagaland Parliamentary constituency returning officer on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to Congress candidate and former Nagaland CM KL Chishi in violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) in place ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on April 11.
The notice issued by M Patton said that “an appeal letter vide no. Nil, dated Nil, in a letterhead of the former CM of Nagaland, embossed with the National Emblem” which was issued by Chishi and has been “widely circulated in the social media” is in “contravention to rule 10(1) of state emblem of India(Regulation of Use) Rules, 2007”.
The show-cause notice further read: “In the same appeal letter, you have stated that you are a Christian” which is against MCC and that the Supreme Court judgement dated January 2 prohibits “seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or community” as it amounts to “corrupt practices “.
In compliance with the law, the show-cause notice was issued on April 2, where a letter “as to why action should not be initiated” must be replied by the candidate within 48 hours.
Earlier on March 30, a similar notice was issued to Dr M M Thromwa Konyak, an independent candidate, for violation of MCC. Konyak was accused of “corrupt practices” for promising to “build churches and send 10,000 missionaries into India and to the countries across the world to spread Christianity”.
Konyak had on April 1 replied to the notice seeking apology for violation of the law.
Both Chishi and Konyak will be contesting for the lone parliamentary seat on April 11, the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections alongside Tokheho Yepthomi of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and Hayithung Tungoe of National People's Party.