Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman and election organising committee president Ganesh Dutt has lodged a written complaint with the state Election Commission at Shimla, alleging that Congress workers were tearing off the posters of BJP candidates and deliberately pasting their party candidate’s poster over them in the Mandi constituency. He also submitted photographic evidence.
Dutt claimed that while the BJP had put up posters of their candidate Ram Swaroop Sharma after obtaining permission from the owners of private buildings, Congress party workers were “deliberately” violating the Election Commission’s guidelines and provisions of the model code of conduct.
Dutt said the Election Commission had banned such “poster wars” and asked every political party to seek permission from the owner of the premises in writing before pasting posters on their walls.
He alleged that the Congress party workers were “frustrated” over the rising popularity of the BJP candidate and the future defeat of their candidate Pratibha Singh, leading to their actions.
Congress’ Mandi media in-charge Vikas Kapoor denied the charges and claimed that the party had not started poster campaigning in the area yet. He said the party had hired a private company to put up posters on approved sites in the constituency.
BJP’s Mandi district media in-charge Pankaj Sharma said he had no knowledge of any such incident, but as Dutt was looking after the whole parliamentary constituency, he must have filed the complaint on the basis of facts.