The Congress appears to have been caught in a sticky situation with the BJP complaining to the Election Commission (EC) about its "failure" to comply with the poll regulation requiring submission of names of political leaders whose election campaign expenses will be borne by the central party.
Section 77 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 makes it mandatory for all political parties to submit a list of names of their campaigning leaders to the EC within seven days of elections being notified.
A delegation of senior BJP leaders who met the full Commission on Wednesday demanded that the expenditure incurred on Congress public meetings attended by its senior leaders like party chief Sonia Gandhi should be included in the candidates' election expenses.
"If such additions are made to the candidates' poll expenditure, then their total expenses will be much higher than the permissible limit and they will be liable for action under electoral laws," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated shortly after meeting the EC along with party spokesmen Prakash Javadekar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The BJP has already submitted the list well in time for the Assembly elections in Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand that are due this month.
A maximum of 40 leaders per party are permitted to participate in the campaign. Among the BJP's star campaigners are fomer PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and party president Rajnath Singh.