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Govt could have avoided announcement of Direct Cash Transfer: Poll panel

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The Election Commission has said that the Centre could have avoided an announcement of the Direct Cash Transfer scheme while Gujarat was in the midst of polls. The Commission's remarks were in response to a complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the declaration of the scheme violates the model code of conduct, which kicks in as soon as elections are announced and forbids parties and candidates from sharing decisions or policies that could influence voters in their favour.