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EC notice to Assam Minister for ‘give and take’ remark

"If tomorrow people from Congress, BPF and AIUDF come and explain otherwise, and ask for votes then the work of the embankment will not begin," Singhal said to the villagers.

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Guwahati: The Election Commission has issued a notice to the cabinet minister in the BJP led Assam government for violating the provisions of the model code of conduct during campaigning for bypolls by asking for votes if people wanted the work on a river embankment which is due to begin.

The notice has been served to Ashok Singhal, GDD minister in the government who did not take permission from the competent authority to hold one of the public meetings.

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“Claps are not enough, you have to give votes. Give from one hand and take from another. First, you give and then I will return the favour.

“If tomorrow people from Congress, BPF and AIUDF come and explain otherwise, and ask for votes then the work of the embankment will not begin,” Singhal said to the villagers.

Bypolls in the state will be held on October 30 and counting will take place on November 2.

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