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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: EC issues notice to Union minister Babul Supriyo over campaign song

The Election Commission has asked Union minister Babul Supriyo to explain within 48 hours why the video was circulated on social media without clearance from the election watchdog.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 20, 2019 13:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Union Minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo has been issued a notice by Election Commission for poll code violation.
Union Minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo has been issued a notice by Election Commission for poll code violation. (PTI File )
         

The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Asansol Member of Parliament Babul Supriyo for a campaign song uploaded on social media without the commission’s prior permission.

The Election Commission of India, while not taking cognizance of the complaint that was forwarded to it by Asansol police, has asked the minister to explain within 48 hours why the video was circulated on social media without clearance from the election watchdog.

It is prescribed in poll guidelines that anything relating to elections must be vetted by EC before it is uploaded on social media. The minister has been asked to explain by Thursday why this was not done, an EC official, who did not wish to be quoted, said in Kolkata.

The Asansol MP has, however, denied uploading the video or receiving EC’s notice. “I have not received the show-cause notice yet. I will give my reply once I get it. However I want to clarify that I did not upload the video on any social media. The media was present when the video was shot in Mumbai. Maybe someone recorded it and make it public,” Supriyo said.

An organisation, claimed to be affiliated to Trinamool Congress, had lodged a police complaint alleging the song maligns the party.

Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien told the EC, “BJP leaders are openly threatening IAS and IPS officers serving in the state.”

First Published: Mar 20, 2019 13:19 IST

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