BJP moves EC against Gehlot
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BJP moves EC against Gehlot

The Rajasthan BJP has written to the EC terming the Gehlot govt's slogan- Paani bachao, bijli bachao as violation of the model code.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2003 18:03 IST
Siddhartha S Bose
Siddhartha S Bose

Taking a cue from its Chattisgarh unit, the Rajasthan BJP has written to the Election Commission (EC) terming the Gehlot government's slogan - Paani bachao, bijli bachao, sabko parhao - a violation of the election code of conduct.

Calling the slogan a Rajasthani equivalent of Chattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's school bag campaign, the BJP Sangharsh Samiti said they expected the EC to pull up Gehlot as it did Jogi.

"Publishing a slogan on school text books was wrong from the very beginning. The EC has been strict in implementation of its orders. It should ask the Election Department in Rajasthan to remove slogans from text books and school premises," BJP Sangharsh Samiti state convener Pratap Singh Khachariawas said on Saturday.

The schoolbooks in question, distributed in government schools, have the Chief Minister's slogan with his name on the back page. It has also been emblazoned in schools and several public places.

Khachariawas said EC action in the matter was due considering the Commission's orders for removal of posters and slogans concerning Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from all National Highways and expressways. "All such hoardings have been either removed or covered after EC intervention," Khachariawas said.

He countered the contention that Gehlot's slogan was published in textbooks before election notification saying so had the Prime Minister's hoardings. But while the BJP has zeroed in on an issue around the CM's slogan, observers feels the feasibility of it removal from lakhs of textbooks is debatable.

The BJP however still plans to bring the matter to the notice of election observers scheduled to arrive in Jaipur on November 11.

First Published: Nov 10, 2003 18:03 IST