The Election Commission today said that Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's stay in Dumka was not a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as he represented the Dumka Assembly seat.
The Opposition had yesterday claimed that Soren's stay in Dumka after election campaigning ended was a violation of the MCC.
Referring to protests by the BJP and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik-JVM), Chief Electoral Officer P K Jajoria said the chief minister staying in Dumka after the end of campaigning was not a violation of MCC.
"The only thing was that Soren should not campaign," he said.
The chief minister's father and JMM supremo Shibu Soren is contesting from the Dumka Lok Sabha seat, which goes to polls tomorrow, triggering the din by the BJP and the JVM.
The BJP state unit president Ravindra Rai yesterday claimed that the chief minister was a voter in Ranchi and not in Dumka.
Rai had said that under the Representation of the People Act, political functionaries, who have been brought from outside the constituency and who were not voters in the constituency, should not continue to remain in the constituency as their continued presence after campaigning ends may undermine the atmosphere for a free and fair poll.
Another BJP leader and former Chief Minister Arjun Munda today said, "He (Soren) should not stay in Dumka as the chief minister's post is a constitutional seat."