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UP Elections 2017: FIR against Keshav Maurya for violating Model Code of Conduct

State BJP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya has gotten himself into trouble after he was charged with violating the Model Code of Conduct, which is currently in place in Uttar Pradesh for the ongoing 7 phase assembly elections. An FIR has been lodged against him in this regard. According to information provided by police officials, the FIR has been filed against Maurya after a complaint was registered by Sector Magistrate Sunil Kumar Singh. As per the FIR, it is alleged that Maurya had walked into a polling booth to cast his vote wearing a jacket that had BJP’s sticker. As per the Representation of the People Act, there should not be any party related exhibit or sign within a distance of 100m from the polling booth. If this rule is violated, it is punishable with fine.

However, Maurya claimed that he did not mean to do it intentionally and that the incident occurred just because of a habit. Maurya explained that he always wears the party’s sticker on the front pocket and that it has become a habit for him. He said that on the day of polling, he forgot to remove the sticker, which resulted in an FIR being lodged against him. Maurya said that he would explain his reason to election officials and would accept any action taken by them in this regard.

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