Going through the mundane formality of pulling up candidates violating the model code of conduct (MCC) with impunity, the poll watchdog on Friday warned Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav not to make any such statements in future campaigns.
The Election Commission found Yadav guilty of violating the MCC when he warned that he would withdraw financial sops offered to Shiksha Mitras if they did not vote for SP, during a rally at Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.
Though Mulayam Singh, in his reply to the Election Commission's notice served earlier tried to wriggle out by claiming that he never said such a thing, the EC found his defence not in sync with the video recordings of the rally.
"The EC is convinced that he has made the impugned statement and thus violated the provisions of the MCC. The Commission warns him to be careful in future and expects that he shall not make any statement during election campaigning, which may constitute a violation," the EC said.