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Congress removes stanzas from campaign song after Election Commission objects to lines accusing NDA of 'spreading hatred'

New Delhi: Ahead of the launch of Congress' campaign song for the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, the party had to remove a couple of stanzas after the Election Commission of India (EC) reportedly objected to the lines that explicitly referred to alleged "disturbed communal harmony" and asked Congress to vet the same.

"The song highlights the party's proposed minimum income guarantee NYAY scheme," according to Congress sources.

 Congress removes stanzas from campaign song after Election Commission objects to lines accusing NDA of spreading hatred

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They, however, said that the Commission objected to a few lines after which the party had to replace them. These lines had accused the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre of spreading hatred and pitching communities against each other.

The sources said that necessary changes have been made and both the song and the slogan would be released on Sunday afternoon.

The campaign song also mentions the job situation, demonetisation, women's security, GST and farmers' suicide, among other issues.

The slogan is - Ab hoga NYAY. Congress in its manifesto has promised to give Rs 72,000 per year to the 20 percent of India’s poorest under its NYAY scheme, if his party comes to power.

The Lok Sabha polls will start on 11 April and will end on 19 May. Counting of votes will take place on 23 May.

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Updated Date: Apr 07, 2019 12:31:25 IST

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