With the Election Commission (EC) announcing the dates for assembly elections in Gujarat, the code of conduct has come into effect. The present term of the Gujarat legislative assembly is coming to an end on February 18, 2023.
Till the time the two-phased elections are not completed, the state administration will come under the EC. All the policy decisions, transfers, and release of grants will have to pass through the EC for prior approval during this period.
Soon after the poll schedule was announced, 11 out of 25 ministers had already returned their official vehicles to the state. CMO has instructed all the officials with government vehicles at their disposal to return the same. The chief electoral officer in Gujarat has issued directions to halt any campaign which can be termed as being beneficial to the ruling party.
The administration will have to ascertain that there is no undue advantage in favour of one particular political party in the case of allotment of circuit houses and use of the helipad. For now, only government officials will be allowed to inaugurate public projects. Also, the photographs or images of the Chief Minister and the elected representatives will have to be removed from the government offices.
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