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Mumbai civic polls: Cong lodges complaint against BJP over ad campaign

india Updated: Jan 06, 2012 18:48 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
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In the wake of civic elections gearing up in Nagpur, Congress has lodged a complaint against an advertisement of BJP that allegedly misused the statements of chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and the Union urban development minister, Kamal Nath.

The BJP, thw ruling party at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), used the names of the chief minister and the union urban development minister in an advertisement which appreciated the 24X7 water supply scheme, floated by the BJP-Sena regime.

Jaiprakash Gupta, city President of Congress, said the BJP was deliberately and mischievously used the photographs of union minister and the chief minister showing them as supporters of the scheme.

Both, Chavan and Kamal Nath had appreciated the uninterrupted water supply scheme of the NMC, launched by the saffron regime in a function, held here in December last year and reportedly said that the scheme set an example that others would like to follow. This appreciation had disappointed the local Congress leaders, who were stoutly opposing the scheme.

Now the BJP is trying to encash the statements of both the leaders and using it in its advertisement campaign ahead of the local self government elections. Peeved by this unexpected and amusing political advertisement, irked local Congress leaders have alleged violation of model code of conduct by the BJP by giving inducing advertisement containing false and frivolous claim pertaining to 24X7 water supply schemes.

Gupta stated that this advertisement contains false and frivolous claims of the government sponsored schemes. The advertisement carried photographs of Chavan, Kamal Nath, the BJP president Nitin Gadkari and local BJP leaders.

In a letter, addressed to Neela Satyanarayan, the state election commissioner, the city Congress chief Gupta pointed out that the advertisement was a clear case of violation of model code of conduct and the authority should take an appropriate action against the saffron party.

Through this advertisement, the BJP made a claim pertaining to the government funded water supply scheme being implemented by the NMC, as it is the scheme well accepted by the society at large, whereas the fact is that there is a massive public protest against the scheme because of various factors, including serious allegations of corruption while awarding tender and irregularities.

But the "offender" has misused the photographs of the chief minister as well as the union minister and tried to make that they had appreciated the scheme, Gupta said and alleged that it would give a wrong signal to public at large about the leaders of Congress whose photographs were used in the advertisement without their consent.

"This is a corrupt practice adopted by the BJP as defined under model code of conduct as well as illegal inducement to the voters to grab and take electoral advantage," he further added.