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Poll panel issues notice to AP Cong chief

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Apr 09, 2009 at 09:14pm IST

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday issued notice to Andhra Pradesh Congress chief D Srinivas for violating the model code of conduct for his remarks aimed at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi.

Addressing a public meeting in Nizamabad on Sunday, Srinivas allegedly said he would cut off the hands of those who pointed a finger at the minorities. He also allegedly said he would sacrifice himself for them if needed.

Srinivas has been served the notice, Deputy Election Commissioner J P Prakash told reporters here.

VIOLATION: EC issued notice to D Srinivas for violating the model code of conduct.

Prakash said the Election Commission had not discussed MDMK leader Vaiko's comments at a public meeting in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

Vaiko reportedly warned of a "bloodbath in the state if anything happened" to Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Veluppillai Prabhakaran.

"This is a law and order issue," he said, adding it is up to the state government whether to take action or not.

Prakash said the Election Commission has deployed 2,000 observers to ensure a free and fair elections.

"There will be an average three to four observers in every Lok Sabha constituency," he said and added that observers will be deployed for assembly elections too.

The Election Commission will also deploy 150,000 micro-observers to assist the observers, Prakash said.

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