Dehradun: Blaming the Congress for allegedly violating Model Code of Conduct, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has further heated up the politcal air in Uttarakhand.

Terming an advertisement published by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government as breach of the Model Code, the BJP lodged a complaint with the State Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi.

It may be mentioned here that both the BJP and the Congress are yet to declare their party candidates for the single phase assembly polls to be held on January 30, however, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has already announced the names for all the 70 assembly seats.

Commenting on the delay in declaring candidates, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The party is likely to announce the list by January 3.”

Similarly, the Congress is yet to announce its first list for the assembly polls. It has created suspense among the ticket seekers. Several senior state Congress leaders are already camping in Delhi to lobby for their loyalists.

Some independent candidates here took out rally in support of social activist Anna Hazare to reap the electoral benefit by riding on the  popular sentiment of people.

Meanwhile, Dehradun District Magistrate took stock of the security arrangements to conduct free and fair election in the state capital.

The poll preparation can be gauged from the fact that Income Tax Department is busy  setting up an Air Intelligence Unit to check illegal cash flow from the neighboring states.

Meanwhile, the administration removed the hoardings installed at public places in Kotdwar district. Almora district administration has imposed Section 144 in the city with immediate effect to maintain law and order.

The Champawat district administration held a meeting with political leaders and requested them to comply with the Model Code of Conduct to ensure free and fair polls.

JPN/Bureau