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Remove PM Modi hoardings from fuel pumps, airports: Congress to EC

The Congress has approached the EC with a complaint against the BJP, saying the ruling party has violated the model code of conduct in force after the poll body announced the schedule of the Lok Sabha election 2019.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2019 15:23 IST
Anisha Dutta
Anisha Dutta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Election commission,Congress,Prime Minister Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The Congress has approached the Election Commission with a complaint against the BJP, saying the ruling party has violated the model code of conduct in force after the poll body announced the schedule of the Lok Sabha election 2019.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress said on Friday, has put up hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at petrol pumps, railways stations and airports.

Congress leaders RPN Singh said his party had given a representation to the poll body on March 10 about the government’s hoardings with Prime Minister Modi’s advertisements even though the model code of conduct is in force.

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“On this, the Election Commission has clearly said that they have taken cognizance of the complaint and have issued directions to remove the hoardings. They also said they have sought a report by today evening about how many such hoardings have still not been taken down. We had mentioned that thousands of crores that the government had earned through excise duty on petrol and diesel were being spent on putting up these advertisements,” Congress spokesperson Singh said.

“And it has also asked for a report about other such hoardings by this evening and said it will probe into it by tonight,” he said.

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He also said that commission has asked for the videos of the alleged obscene comments by BJP ministers against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders after a complaint.

“We have said that people who are making such comments must be issued a notice immediately and action must be taken against them,” he said.

This comes after the BJP on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to take action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by making “unverified” allegations against Prime Minister Modi.

Rahul Gandhi had accused of the Prime Minister of “stealing Rs 30,000 crore from the Indian Air Force and giving it to businessman Anil Ambani as part of the Rafale jet deal. He made the comments during the Jan Sankalp Rally in Gujarat on Tuesday.

The model code of conduct is a set of instructions and guidelines to be followed by political parties and candidates contesting elections for the conduct free and fair polls.

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First Published: Mar 15, 2019 15:07 IST