Commission is learnt to have advised the government not to publicise goods and services tax
rate cuts on certain popular consumables in poll-bound Gujarat as it could
influence voters in the state where the first phase of elections is on
It, however, has allowed advertisement of simplified
tax procedure without mentioning any products, functionaries in the poll
panel said on Thursday.
"On the first draft, the EC has advised that
any publicity which could influence voters should not be done. Of course,
people have to be made aware of procedures so the commission has approved
of that proposal," a functionary said.
The commission has
advised that advertisements on GST rate cuts can take place after the
second phase is over on December 14.
The Election Commission had
earlier allowed the Centre to release the second instalment of funds
under the MNREGA scheme for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat with a rider
that there will be 'absolutely' no publicity in this regard.
in Himachal Pradesh were held on November 9. -- PTI