Congress alleges MCC violation by PM, CM & BJP State chief

Tuesday, 16 APRIL  2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The Uttarakhand Congress has alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, State BJP president Mahendra Bhatt and other BJP leaders are violating model code of conduct (MCC) enforced in view of Lok Sabha elections.  A delegation of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) met the joint chief electoral officer (JCEO) Namami Bansal on Monday and handed over a letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, complaining about the violations of the  MCC by the PM Modi, CM Dhami and other leaders.

The Congress delegation also handed over the social media posts released on the official page of BJP as evidence to the Election Commission. 

The Congress leaders alleged that in the social media posts (Facebook and Instagram), posters with pictures of temples are being publicized along with the picture of Narendra Modi wearing army uniform. Similarly, the pictures of the State BJP President Mahendra Bhatt are being publicized with pictures of temples, which is a clear violation of the MCC.

The Congress delegation has also said that while on one hand the five Lok Sabha candidates of BJP in Uttarakhand are instigating the religious sentiments of the voters by using temples and slogans of a particular religion in their campaign posters and social media posts, on the other hand, the Congress candidate from Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, Ganesh Godiyal has been instructed to remove the reference of Shri Badrinath Ji from his pamphlet. The Congress delegation said that the adoption of such double standards by the Election Commission raises questions on transparent and fair elections.
The Congress leaders demanded that the objectionable campaign material should be immediately removed from the social media posts of PM Modi, BJP leaders and BJP candidates and action should be taken as per the provisions of EC so that transparent and fair elections are conducted. 

The delegation included social media coordinator Vishal Maurya, head of social media wing of State Congress Vikas Negi and state spokesperson Garima Dasauni.

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