India, May 10 -- Central government ministries and departments may have provided inputs for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the ongoing Lok Sabha election, senior government officials who asked not to be identified said.

This could potentially have been a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which has been in effect since March 10 when the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced.

The code of conduct states that "ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work".

Hindustan Times has reviewed a copy of an email sent to various departments under the ministry of commerce, including the Department f...