Delhi Assembly election: ED issues notice to BJP’s Arun Singh over print ad against Congress, asks for response before 31 Jan

The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to BJP national general secretary Arun Singh for prima facie violating a provision of the Model Code of Conduct relating to making unverified allegations against rival parties and candidates. The Commission has asked him to respond to the notice before noon of 31 January.

Press Trust of India January 30, 2020 00:05:25 IST
Delhi Assembly election: ED issues notice to BJP’s Arun Singh over print ad against Congress, asks for response before 31 Jan
  • The EC responded to a complaint lodged by the Congress which has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party issued advertisements in the print media making false allegations

  • The Commission has asked Singh to respond to the notice before noon of 31 January

  • The EC also cautioned the BJP against publishing the advertisement till the time a decision is taken on the issue

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to BJP national general secretary Arun Singh for prima facie violating a provision of the Model Code of Conduct relating to making unverified allegations against rival parties and candidates. The Commission has asked him to respond to the notice before noon of 31 January.

Delhi Assembly election ED issues notice to BJPs Arun Singh over print ad against Congress asks for response before 31 Jan

File image of Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. News18

The EC responded to a complaint lodged by the Congress which has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party issued advertisements in the print media making false, baseless, and unsubstantiated allegations against it.

"...The Commission is prima facie of the view that by the said advertisement the Bhartiya Janata Party has violated...provision of the Model Code of Conduct," the notice said.

The EC also cautioned the BJP against publishing the advertisement till the time a decision is taken on the issue.

"Commission, considering the gravity of the case, hereby directs that the advertisement in question shall not be repeated till such a time a decision is taken," it said.

The notice has quoted the advertisement as saying that "15 saal Congress ki loot" (15 years of Congress' loot).

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