The Election Commission issued a notice to agriculture minister Sharad Pawar for violating the model code of conduct in Maharashtra where assembly elections will be held on Oct 13.
The poll panel said it had received complaints earlier this week about an agriculture ministry advertisement in a newspaper published in Mumbai on Oct 3.
The complaint said the “advertisement has violated the model code of conduct since it is with a slogan and message (in Marathi) to the effect ‘Dear Farmer, This Kharif Season, The Rains Did Not Help You. But We Will – Message to Farmer Friends from Union Agriculture Ministry’.”
“Publishing the advertisement in Marathi language in a newspaper published from Mumbai at the time of the general election in Maharashtra is prima facie motivated to influence the voters of the state,” According to press release.