Sambit Patra Named In Compliant For Violating Poll Code In Madhya Pradesh

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Sambit Patra's name was added following a report from Bhopal's returning officer (File)

Bhopal:

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra has been named in an FIR for poll code violation in Madhya Pradesh, a senior election official said Friday.

On October 27, Mr Patra had held a press conference by the side of a road in MP Nagar in Bhopal, following which the Congress had filed a complaint with the Election Commission.

The organisers of the press conference had sought a slot between 1 pm and 3pm that day but held it between 12 noon and 12:30 pm, which too was a violation, said EC officials.

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Earlier, the FIR included the name of BJP functionary SS Uppal. Mr Patra's name was added following a report from Bhopal's returning officer, the officials said.

Talking to PTI Friday, MP Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao confirmed that Mr Patra has been named as an accused in the FIR.

"We had filed a complaint with the EC stating that the press conference was held blocking a road without permission and it is a violation of the code of conduct. Initially, Patra's name was not there in the EC's FIR. So, we again filed a complaint demanding an FIR against Patra," Madhya Pradesh Congress election affairs wing in charge JP Dhanopia said.

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