Trouble for BJP’s motormouth spokesperson Sambit Patra as he finds his name included in Election Commission FIR

BJP’s motormouth spokesperson Sambit Patra may face considerable trouble ahead as Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer has confirmed that his name had been included in an FIR for poll code violation.

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Madhya Pradesh CEO VL Kantha Rao told news agency PTI that Patra had been named as an accused in the FIR.

Sambit Patra had allegedly violated the poll code by holding a press conference in front of a commercial building in MP Nagar area of Bhopal, where he slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the National Herald case. The opposition Congress had wasted no time in approaching the poll body to claim that Patra’s presser was organised without requisite permissions and that too on public property (road).

Madhya Pradesh Congress election affairs wing in charge JP Dhanopia was quoted by PTI as saying, “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.”

Earlier, the FIR included only the name of BJP functionary SS Uppal. However, Patra’s name was added following a report from Bhopal’s returning officer.

Madhya Pradesh will go to polls on 28 November. The counting of votes will take place on 12 December along with Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.

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