Bengal BJP Candidate Promises Free Trip To Ayodhya, Gets Poll Body Notice

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Bengal BJP Candidate Promises Free Trips To Ayodhya, Gets Poll Body's Notice

BJP candidate from Pandabeswar, Jitendra Tiwari, made the remarks on two occasions.

Kolkata:

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Pandabeswar, West Bengal, Jitendra Tiwari was issued a show-cause notice by the Election Commission (EC) for promising voters a free trip to the temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya if elected, officials said today.

Mr Tiwari made the remarks twice -- while speaking at a public meeting in Haripur on March 21, and later at a party meeting.

The Trinamool Congress lodged a complaint with the poll body on March 22 over the issue.

In his reply to the EC notice, Mr Tiwari said that he was unaware that making such a promise would violate the model code of conduct.

He also apologised to the EC for "being ignorant".

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