An FIR has been lodged against Bihar’s Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar for violating the model code of conduct, after he went to cast his vote in the state Assembly elections wearing a mask with the BJP’s lotus symbol.

Kumar had arrived on Wednesday to cast his vote by bicycle at polling booth on Road No. 120 in Swarajpuri. He exercised his franchise wearing a lotus-printed mask. He did not remove the lotus mask even while casting his vote, sparking a controversy over whether it was a violation of the code of conduct

The district administration lodged an FIR against him with the Kotwali Police Station on Wednesday, “I went to vote forgetting to remove the mask with the BJP symbol lotus. Soon after realizing, I removed it. Kumar said.