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Model code of conduct won’t affect relief work in J&K: EC to SC

The Election Commission today told the Supreme Court that its Model Code of Conduct will not come in the way of the ongoing relief and rehabilitation work for flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir, which is going to polls in five phases from November 25.

“All relief work and enabling administrative work can be undertaken by the government,” the counsel for the Election Commission (EC) told the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu.

Meanwhile, the bench also asked the Centre to apprise it of their stand on the state government’s demand of Rs 44,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation work.

On allegation that poor quality food articles were being supplied to flood victims in the state, the bench said, “We expect good governance from the state government”.

During the last hearing, the apex court had favoured relaxation of Model Code of Conduct in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir to remove any hindrance in government’s relief and rehabilitation work following the recent floods.

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