Vrindavan: In a bid to woo the voters in the upcoming 2012 Assembly elections, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the occasion of his son’s birthday distributed blankets to the poor. He even visited many religious places.

The move is being seen as a violation of the model code of conduct and hence, the Election Commission was soon apprised of Hooda’s activity. District Magistrate NG Ravikumar said, “We have received the news of Hooda violating the model code of conduct. Now it has to be ascertained as to who has distributed the blankets.”

The issue has been referred to the ADM Finance and Revenue for further investigations. Notices are likely to be issued to the Haryana CM and his son if found guilty of violating the model code of conduct.

Meanwhile, Hooda said he was confident of Congress victory in five poll-bound states, asserting that Anna factor will not hamper the party's prospects.

“Congress would perform well in all the five states including UP. There will be no Anna effect,” Hooda told reporters in reply to a question.

Noting that the Congress had always fought against corruption he said, “Had it not been so, ministers of its allied parties would not have been in jail.”

Hazare had launched a campaign against Congress in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-election in October and had urged the people not to vote for the party as it has failed to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill.

(JPN/ Bureau)