Hyderabad, May 31 - Replying to EC's show-cause notice on violation of model code of conduct, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said he only had a "slip of tongue" while appealing party workers and he had not deliberately violated the poll code.
"It was only due to a slip of tongue that my appeal to party workers conveyed a wrong meaning. My intention was to exhort each party worker to make ten people vote for the Congress (in the by-elections) by propagating the government schemes," the Chief Minister clarified in his reply, submitted to the Election Commission today.
The complaint against Kiran was that he asked each party worker to "cast ten votes" in the June 12 by-election. Sources in the Chief Minister's office said Kiran's reply was sent to the the ECI in New Delhi, with a copy marked to the Chief Electoral Officer here.
The Election Commission issued a notice to the Chief Minister two days ago seeking an explanation on his remarks made at the Congress workers' meeting in Rayadurgam last week.
The YSR Congress lodged a complaint against the Chief Minister with the EC accusing him of violating the code of conduct. PTI