Sitapur/Lakhimpur: Alleging violation of model code of conduct, authorities in Uttar Pradesh have sought from Congress details of expenditure on rallies of Rahul Gandhi in two districts.

The Lakhimpur district administration has issued notice to the party for alleged violation of model code of conduct, besides asking details of expenditure of public meetings of
Gandhi.

The administration has raised objections over the use of publicity material "beyond permissible limit and misuse of public property by erecting hoardings and banners", sub-divisional magistrate Alok Verma said.

He said that as far as expenditure on public meetings was concerned, details have been sought in this regard.

In Sitapur, the district administration has sought details from Congress regarding expenditure on three public meetings of Rahul Gandhi held on December 26, two days after the EC announced poll schedule for five states, including UP.

"As per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India, a notice has been issued to Congress district president as Rahul Gandhi's rallies were held after the model code of conduct came into effect," Additional District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Chaurasiya said.

Though the permission for the three meetings was taken earlier, it was actually held after the code of conduct came into effect, official sources said.

The ADM said that the party has been asked to furnish details of expenditure on the three meetings of Congress leader.

"If a reply is not received, then the expenditure will be distributed equally among all nine candidates of the party at the time of nomination," he said.

(Agencies)