The Election Commission of India on September 27, 2018, announced that the Model Code of Conduct will be applicable to the caretaker government till the formation of new government, in case of premature dissolution of the state assembly.
The poll panel cited the Supreme Court verdict in the SR Bommai case that the caretaker government should merely carry on day-to-day governance and desist from taking any policy decisions. Until now, the model code of conduct was applicable only with the announcement of poll schedule by the Election Commission.
1. In cases of premature dissolution of the legislative assembly, the model code of conduct shall come into operation with immediate effect and continue to remain in force till completion of the election to constitute the new assembly.
2. These provisions of the Part-VII of Model Code of Conduct shall apply on the caretaker state government as well as on the Central Government. Para-VII lays down boundaries for the party in power and defines boundaries for the conduct of government in the poll-bound state regarding policy decisions.
3. As per the directions, neither the caretaker state government nor the Union Government will announce any new schemes and projects or undertake any of the activities prohibited under the Model Code of Conduct.
4. All other prohibitions including the use of resources for any non-official purposes and combining of an official visit with electioneering work will apply on all ministers and other authorities of the caretaker state government, the Central government as well as governments of other States.
5. The poll panel also cited earlier Supreme Court’s order that the caretaker government should merely carry on the day-to-day government and desist from taking any major policy decision.